As a kid we used to play pickup games of baseball in our street. We would use trash can lids and sewer covers for bases, a bat if someone had one, a broom if we needed to, and of course a tennis ball so we didn’t break any windows. Everyone was invited and whoever showed up got to play. It’s a lot more fun to talk about than performance based reimbursement but it reminds me of the current state of MIPS.
91% of eligible providers participated in MIPS in 2017, and that number is extremely important. At least nine out of ten providers did enough to earn the minimum three points. If we had that kind of turn out in the neighborhood there would have been talks of matching uniforms! So why is that number so important?
It tells us that just having a MIPS score is not going to be enough. We talked with many providers that were going to meet the minimum requirements. They were going to talk to one patient, submit one quality measure and avoid a penalty. Those providers can congratulate themselves on being part of the 91% but are missing out on a greater opportunity. They may have avoided a penalty but also a bonus.
The MIPS playing field has changed, it’s getting more competitive. Eligible clinicians are up to bat at home plate in Wrigley field and a broomstick just isn’t going to cut it. If you’re not meeting the exceptional participation level which was set at 70 in 2017 you’re not doing enough. 91% participation is great, but it is definitely not the whole story. When MIPS scores are published in a few months it will be easy to see who is leading the way.
Quality care is not a game, its serious business and the clinicians that are achieving the high MIPS scores will be rewarded. Like any good baseball player, it takes dedication and guidance. There are a lot of resources out there that will inform you of requirements and how to meet the minimum. A MIPS coach will help you maximize your performance and go beyond participation. Clinicians we have worked with have performed above the exceptional level and will be rewarded for their effort. Go beyond participation, effect real change, improve your MIPS score, and earn a larger reimbursement. Call Access1 today to schedule a free MIPS consultation with one of our certified coaches.