January 2019: MIPS—What’s New for 2019, Part 1: Scoring, Bonuses, Penalties, and PI (PDF)
February 2019: MIPS—What’s New for 2019, Part 2: Quality, Improvement Activities, and Cost (PDF)
Excerpted from “MIPS—What’s New for 2019”, a two-part EyeNet series (January and February, 2019), published online ahead of print. You also should visit EyeNet's MIPS 2019: A Primer and Reference (also published online ahead of print) and the Academy's MIPS hub page.
What's new with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? On Nov. 1, 2018, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced significant changes that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
Why MIPS matters. If you don’t take part in MIPS in 2019, your payments for Medicare Part B services in 2021 could suffer a –7% penalty.
Keys to MIPS Success
Use the IRIS Registry. This free member benefit is eye care’s tool of choice for MIPS.
Stay tuned! This article reflects the Academy’s knowledge of the regulations at time of press, but CMS payment policies can change. For MIPS updates, bookmark the Academy’s MIPS hub page, visit the MIPS-specific news feed, and check your email for:
- Medicare Physician Payment Update (first Saturday of each month)
- Washington Report Express (Thursdays)
- Practice Management Express (sent to AAOE members each Sunday).
Further reading. The Academy is in the process of updating its materials to reflect the rule changes:
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