MIPS Planning for 2019 - The Impact of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018


Instructor: Michael Stearns
Product ID: 705736
Training Level: Intermediate to Advanced

  • Duration: 90 Min
In this webinar the presenter will review the known and anticipated 2019 MIPS requirements for 2019 at a detailed level. It will also address how the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 will impact planning and performance in the MIPS in 2019. Discussion will be on the best practices for performance in each of the 4 MIPS performance categories at a granular level, including quality measure selection, implementation and performance tracking, strategies designed to obtain 100% scores on the Promoting Interoperability (formerly Advancing Clinical Information) and Improvement Activity categories, and optimizing performance in the Cost category of MIPS.
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Why Should You Attend:

Based on current trends over 600,000 clinicians in the U.S. will be included in the MIPS in 2019. MIPS Performance Scores in 2019 will be used by CMS to determine potential payment adjustments to all Part B Medicare payments in the 2021 calendar year that will range from -7% to +7% or higher. CMS will also make MIPS performance scores available to the public.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 contained several legislative provisions for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that will impact practices starting in 2019. This presentation will review these changes in the context of the MIPS and discuss strategic options for MIPS performance in 2019.

The presenter will provide attendees with a detailed review of each MIPS performance category from the context of how to optimize performance in 2019 and include the impact of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. He will share strategic considerations for MIPS performance in 2019 based on knowledge and experience gained during the first two years of the program.

Attendees will gain a detailed understanding of the need for strategic planning for the MIPS and areas to target for optimal performance.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • The presenter will provide an overview of the known and anticipated requirements for MIPS in 2019
  • The value of strategic planning months in advance of January 1, 2019.
  • What are the regulatory requirements, key provisions, income implications and potential pitfalls for fully or partially engaging in the MIPS that should be avoided.
  • How to optimize performance in 2019 and the impact of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
  • Best practices for performance in each of the 4 MIPS performance categories.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Medicare eligible physicians and other clinicians
  • Health Information Management (HIM) professionals
  • Practice Administrators
  • Healthcare CMIOs
  • Healthcare COOs
  • Clinical staff members
  • Healthcare compliance professionals
  • Healthcare analytics professionals
  • Quality performance professionals
Instructor Profile:
Michael Marron Stearns

Michael Stearns
CEO, Apollo HIT, LLC

Michael Marron-Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC is a physician informaticist, certified professional coder (CPC), and CEO of Apollo HIT, LLC. Dr. Marron-Stearns has 15 years of direct patient care experience. He served as an assistant professor and neurology residency program coordinator. For the past 21 years he has worked as a informaticist, health information technology and compliance professional. He spent 12 of these years providing leadership and direction to electronic health record vendors.

Dr. Marron-Stearns is an accomplished speaker and author on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that includes the MIPS and Advanced Alternative Payment Models. Dr. Marron-Stearns founded Apollo HIT, LLC in 2014. His company provides a range of consulting services to healthcare providers and health information technology organizations.

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