The Second Transition Year to QPP/MIPS

2018 marks the second transition year of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP). This program continues CMS' objective to incentivize quality healthcare over fee-for-service volume (Volume to Value). One of the major provisions of QPP is to consolidate Medicare's previous programs, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Value-Based Payment Modifier, and meaningful use, into a single reporting program.

Alpha II's Value-Based History

Since 2007 Alpha II has assisted thousands of providers in meeting their quality and value-based reporting requirements. We became involved with value-based reporting with the introduction of PQRI into our ClaimStaker application in 2007 (and we continue providing ClaimStaker edits, improving MIPS claims-based reporting today). In 2014, we became a CMS-approved registry, and each year since, we have assisted providers in successful MIPS reporting through both registry and claims. For 2018, we present our current “solution suite” that offers different levels of participation in this second QPP/MIPS transition year.

MIPS Registry Timeline

QPP/MIPS Overview

In 2018, QPP continues into its second transition year with two tracks to choose from: MIPS and APMs.

MIPS or APMs

Most providers will report under the MIPS track due to the cost and time required to participate in an APM.

The MIPS data aggregation is designed around the four performance categories of clinical care: Quality, Promoting Interoperability (formerly Advancing Care Information), Improvement Activities, and Cost. Clinicians will receive an overall composite score based on their performance across all the categories. Each category is weighted as follows:

Performance Categories

Each year's fast-paced change to the CMS value-based program is confusing and takes valuable time away from your practice when trying to decipher it on your own. Let our expert staff assist with the heavy lifting, making the continued transition to MIPS value-based reporting easier and more intuitive. We provide valuable insight from the moment you select the measures you wish to report. And once you begin to submit data, our MIPS dashboard provides immediate feedback to assist in ensuring accuracy.

To further bring clarity to your MIPS reporting options, we have developed the following video series:

Discover More with QPP Learning Series

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For more information about the Alpha II Registry, please visit our online Registry Solutions, call us at (800) 825-7421, or send an email to registry@alphaii.com.