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This Just in: MIPS Information Blocking – New Attestation Requirements for 2017!

Dan Golder, DDS, MBA, Principal, Jason Fortin, Senior Advisor, and Larry Katzovitz, Senior Advisor Impact Advisors.  This session provides late-breaking information about what every provider needs to know now in order to successfully attest for 2017. Dan, Jason and Larry examine the implications of the recent clarification from CMS regarding the MIPS requirement that eligible clinicians must attest "that...

MIPS & MACRA Proposed Rule: What’s Changed for 2018 and Beyond

Dan Golder, DDS, MBA, Principal Advisor, Henry Stokman, Principal, Jason Fortin, Senior Advisor, and Larry Katzovitz, Senior Advisor, Impact Advisors. This session examines the new proposed 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule for MIPS/MACRA (released 6-20-17) and its implications, providing not only a review of the rule's provisions, but also an in-depth examination of how those provisions differ from the current...

MIPS Math:  An In-depth Look at the MIPS Scoring Methodology, Part II

Dan Golder, MD, Principal Advisor, Henry Stokman, Principal, Jason Fortin, Senior Advisor, and Larry Katzovitz, Senior Advisor, Impact Advisors. This session provides an in-depth review and analysis of the calculations used to score each of the four MIPS components (Quality, Advancing Care Information, Improvement Activities, and Cost). Learn how to understand some of the complexities used in the MIPS calculations and how to...

MIPS/MACRA and Beyond: What you Cannot Learn Just by Reading the Executive Summary

Dan Golder, MD, Principal Advisor, and Henry Stokman, Principal, Impact Advisors.  This session examines the new MIPS/MACRA Final Rule (released 10-14-16) and its implications, providing not only a review of the rule's provisions, but also additional insight and recommendations surrounding some of the "hidden hurdles" contained within the rule's 2,000+ pages.  Highlights include what we still don't know about...

Preparing for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

Maria Balderas, PhD, Health Informaticist, IBM Watson Health.  Earlier this year, CMS announced that multiple quality reporting programs were being streamlined into the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).  This will change the way Medicare links performance to payment. Dr. Balderas describes the potential impact the program will have on MIPS-eligible clinicians, and explains how scoring will impact payment...

Getting More out of Analytics with NLP

Rebecca Jacobson MD, MS, FACMI, VP Analytics, UPMC Enterprises.  Measuring healthcare quality is foundational to improving it. However, measuring quality is difficult and expensive, with some of the most important data buried in free text fields and clinical notes. This session focuses on the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) to more efficiently measure healthcare quality and drive quality improvements in MIPS and HEDIS measures. Dr. Jacobson...

2019 Quality Payment Program Final Rule from CMS

Dan Golder, DDS, MBA, Principal and Larry Katzovitz, Senior Advisor, Impact Advisors.  This session focuses on the 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule from CMS, and provides a high-level overview of the significant components of the legislation, how they interrelate, and what providers and health care organizations need to know for 2019.  Highlights include a review of new...

CMS Draft Specifications for 2019 QPP and IPPS Final Rule

Dan Golder, DDS, MBA, Principal, and Larry Katzovitz, Senior Advisor, Impact Advisors. Dan and Larry examine the recent draft specifications for both the CMS' 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) and the 2019 IPPS Final Rule, providing a high-level look at both pieces of legislation, how they interrelate, and what providers and healthcare organizations need to know. Highlights include changes...

Impact Advisors

Impact Advisors website  |  Thought LeadershipHealthcare Trends & Implications - Part 1 of 2 Healthcare Trends & Implications - Part 2 of 2 In a two-part series, Impact Advisors looks at the ten key trends shaping a rapidly evolving health delivery landscape - and the implications of each trend for provider organizations. "Part 1" covers disruption, alternative settings of care, the patient experience,...

MACRA: Who Will Gain and Who Will Lose?

Erik Johnson, VP Value Based Care, Jay Hazelrigs, Jim Dolstad, Senior Director Actuarial Advisory, and Elena White, Optum.  Today's integrated health systems are increasingly engaged in Medicare risk management strategies, such as Medicare Advantage, MSSP, and MACRA. Strategies for managing risk in the Medicare population can cascade into commercial payer performance, and market competitiveness and comparative quality measures vary...