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Purdue Healthcare Advisors - 2019 MIPS Performance Category Spotlight On… Quality

PHA is shining a spotlight on the MIPS Quality Performance Category during this session. Quality is worth 45% of an eligible clinician’s final score for Program Year 2019. PHA’s Jennifer Anglin will provide an overview of all the details of this oh-so-important category such as data collection requirements (performance period, data completeness, etc.), scoring, reporting, specialty measure sets, and bonus points.

Purdue Healthcare Advisors

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (EST)

Understanding the 2019 Cost Performance Category of MIPS

The Cost performance category of MIPS, worth 15% of the Final Score in 2019, isn't well understood but in a few short years will be of equal weight to the Quality category. As such, understanding this confusing performance category, how to interpret the feedback reports, and how to use the information to improve is vital to Eligible Clinicians' continued success in the Quality Payment Program's MIPS track. Join Beth Hickerson from Medical Advantage Group and Bruce Maki from Altarum as they break down the Cost category, answering frequently asked questions such as:

  • What are the Cost category measures? 
  • How are patients attributed to clinicians and groups?
  • What does the Cost information on my 2018 MIPS feedback report mean?
  • Where can I find supplemental data related to my 2018 MIPS score?
  • How will the Cost category change for 2019 and beyond?
  • And of course, the biggest question of all….How can I improve my Cost score?
Noon-1 PM ET

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The Quality Payment Program (QPP) aims to provide pathways for managing risk and reward. With over 98% of Eligible Clinicians (89% in small practices) participating in the QPP in 2018, the overwhelming consensus has been to risk up-front resources in order to seek future financial rewards. A small minority have taken, willingly or unwittingly, the alternative risk of financial penalty for the reward of doing nothing. For those in the MIPS track, the math changes every year. In 2019, penalties grow to -7%, a neutral payment adjustment requires thirty points, and CMS estimates a 5% maximum bonus. Whether you're striving for a perfect score, skating by to avoid penalty, or debating whether to just take the penalty, this webinar seeks to offer a framework for approaching the risk-reward equation.

QPP of Illinois


During this session, PHA’s Jennifer Anglin will provide an overview of the 2019 MIPS PI and IA Performance Categories, which are worth 25% and 15% of an eligible clinician’s final score for Program Year 2019, respectively. She’ll cover reporting requirements, scoring, special statuses, bonus points, data submission, and hardship exemption availability.

Purdue Healthcare Advisors


The Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program (MU) and the MIPS Promoting Interoperability performance category share a common objective: Public Health and Clinical Data Registry Reporting/Exchange. While the objective appears in both programs, there are subtle differences in the rules and not understanding them could put your incentive dollars (MU) and/or your Medicare reimbursement rate (MIPS) at risk. Join Bruce Maki, Altarum Regulatory and Incentive Program Analyst, as he reviews the rules for each program, highlights the differences between the two, and reviews the list of State sponsored Public Health registries you can use to meet these objectives, including an update to the process for meeting the new bi-directional immunization registry (MCIR) mandate which affects both programs. 


As expected, year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (MIPS and A-APM) brings with it a host of program updates, changes and complexity. In this session, Bruce Maki, Altarum Regulatory & Incentive Program Analyst, will review the 2019 MIPS rules and updates as well as answer attendee questions to ensure participants know what they need to successfully participate in 2019, protecting (and hopefully increasing) those valuable Medicare reimbursement rates.


Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) brings policy changes based on stakeholder feedback from the first two years: reduce burden, improve patient outcomes, establish meaningful measures and expand participation options. For the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track, this includes updates to eligibility, submission methods and category measures/scoring. Several new clinician types are now subject to payment adjustments and updated low-volume threshold definitions provides a new "opt-in" choice for clinicians that may have been excluded in prior years. Program year 2019 solidifies MIPS as a pathway to the Alternative Payment Model (APM) track, which has also undergone minor updates.

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QPP of Illinois