• MIPS Manual 2017—Learn More About MIPS at AAO 2017

    This content was excerpted from EyeNet’s MIPS Manual 2017.

    Make the most of AAO 2017 (Nov. 11-14). When you are getting ready for the annual meeting, make sure you schedule time to:

    1. Attend this year’s MIPS events (see below)

    2. Visit the Academy Resource Center (Hall G, Booth 3140)—bring your MIPS queries to the coding desk and ask the Academy’s IRIS Registry staff to demo MIPS reporting

    3. Visit the Electronic Office (Hall G, Booth 3654)—learn how improved interoperability will help you improve your ACI score

    MIPS Events at AAO 2017

    Access. Some of these events are free if you are registered for AAO 2017; others require an Academy Plus course pass, which you can buy when you register; and the half-day Coding Camp is considered a separate meeting and requires separate registration. 

    Get more event information online. You can read event abstracts at aao.org/programsearch and, starting in mid-September, you can get the most up-to-date information via the Mobile Meeting Guide at aao.org/mobile.

    Saturday, Nov. 11

    10:30-11:45 a.m. Academy Café MIPS (Sym52). Chair: David B. Glasser, MD. Panelists: John T. McAllister, MD, Cherie McNett, Jessica Peterson, MD, and Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS. Bring your smartphone, cell phone, or laptop and text or email your questions to the panel. Where: Room 271. Access: Free.

    1:30-4:30 p.m. Coding Camp (17Code2). Moderator: Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS. Includes a section on MIPS. Where:Room 293. Access: Registration required.

    Sunday, Nov. 12

    12:15-1:45 p.m. Medicare Forum (Spe16). Academy Medicare experts will discuss a range of topics. Where: New Orleans Theater C. Access: Free.

    2:00-3:00 p.m. MIPS in 2018 (224). Senior instructor: Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS. Whether you have paper or electronic health records, attend this course to discover changes in the reporting requirements for MIPS in 2018. The categories of quality, improvement activities, and advancing care information will be presented. Academy experts available to answer questions specific to your practice. Where: Room 286. Access: Academy Plus course pass required.

    3:15-4:15 p.m. How the IRIS Registry Helps You Participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) (260). Senior instructor: Rebecca Hancock. The IRIS Registry supports Academy members' participation in MIPS, including the quality reporting, clinical practice improvement, and advancing care information categories. Where: Room 290. Access: Academy Plus course pass required.

    3:15-4:15 p.m. Change Management: Improving EHR Efficiency and Advancing Care Information (ACI) Success (event code 259). Senior instructor: Joy Woodke, COE, OCS. Resistance to change can pose a significant problem during transition periods, not least when a practice needs to change workflow to accommodate the ACI requirements. This course will review the principles of change management and how personnel may respond during these transitions. Where: Room 291. Access: Academy Plus course pass required.

    4:30-5:30 p.m. ACI/FAQS: Let’s Clear It Up! (273). Senior instructor: Susan M. Loen, OCS, and Brittney Wachter, CPC, OCS. The instructors will explain some key ACI details and review some frequently—and some not so frequently—asked questions. Where: Room 288. Access: Academy Plus course pass required.

    Monday, Nov. 13

    10:15-11:15 a.m. Advancing Care Information Panel: Ask Us! (440). Senior instructor: Jessica Peterson, MD, MPH. This panel discussion and Q&A focuses on how to succeed under the new version of Meaningful Use, ACI. Come to learn tips and tricks and get answers to questions affecting your practice.  Where: Room 288. Access: Academy Plus course pass required.

    10:15-11:45 a.m. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA): What the New Changes Mean to Your Patients and Your Practice (Sym30). Chairs: Adrienne Williams Scott, MD, and Keith A. Warren, MD:

    • 10:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
    • 10:17 a.m. MACRA: What Is This New Alphabet Soup of Regulations? How Can We Best Implement It Into Practice? (William L. Rich III, MD, FACS)
    • 10:27 a.m. Physician Quality Reporting: The Utility of the IRIS Registry in Academic and Private Practice (George A. Williams, MD)
    • 10:55 a.m. Implementation of MACRA in an Academic Group Practice: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Keith D. Carter, MD, FACS)
    • 11:03 a.m. Implementation of MACRA in a Large Subspecialty Practice: Will the New Payment System Work? (Reginald D. Sanders, MD)
    • 11:31 am. The Role of Advocacy in Shaping the Future of Health Care Policy (George A. Williams, MD)

    Where: New Orleans Theater C. Access: Free.

    11:30 a.m.-noon. IRIS Registry Dashboard and Analytics Demonstration: How to track performance and evaluate patient outcomes for practice improvement (Part IV of ABO and MIPS) (Tech 17). Instructor: Jon Waterman. Where: Technology Pavilion (Booth 5347). Access: Free.

    4:30-5:30 p.m. Advancing Care Information 101 (481). Senior instructor: Brittney Wachter, CPC, OCS. This course will identify the steps you need to take to successfully report ACI. Where: Room 292. Access. Academy Plus course pass required.


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