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MIPS Estimator Drives Clinician Success in the QPP

Published Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stratis Health released a special analysis of how an estimator tool helps clinicians to integrate MIPS requirements with their quality improvement efforts.

Stratis Health has released the report “MIPS Estimator Facilitates Clinician Ability to Plan for Success in the Quality Payment Program” describing the value of estimator tools to health care organizations that are preparing to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

The flexible design of the new value-based reimbursement program makes understanding MIPS a challenge for many health care organizations and clinicians. Aggregate analysis of Stratis Health 2017 MIPS Estimator account data from more than 400 health care organizations across the country—representing nearly 37,000 clinicians who serve Medicare patients—and feedback from users indicates that an online one-stop-shop offering individualized, instant feedback is an invaluable precision intervention.

The Stratis Health 2017 MIPS Estimator reduced provider burden by decreasing uncertainty about participating in MIPS and reduced the amount of time required to determine the best options among the abundant choices for how to participate.

“Stratis Health’s estimator helped us understand our best approach for participating in MIPS. We were relieved to see how well our clinic scored,” said Amy Ninham, lead clinical analyst, Mille Lacs Health System.

Users ran a total of 2,435 scenarios to determine how to maximize MIPS performance. The Stratis Health 2017 MIPS Estimator helped clinicians understand how to integrate MIPS requirements with their internal quality improvement efforts and determine their highest achievable MIPS final score—positioning them for maximum incentive payments. 

“I found this tool to be very user friendly and really helped in determining whether we would report as individual or group,” said Bobbi Jo Dondorfer, project coordinator, Cornerstone Eye Associates.

“The Stratis Health MIPS Estimator has been an extremely valuable tool for our organization. We use the tool to identify measures we need to focus on in order to maximize our financial incentives and improvement strategies under the MIPS program,” said Nate Hunkins, director of population health, Bluestone Physician Services.

Stratis Health self-funded development of the online tool when it recognized the need to help clinicians and organizations understand MIPS, particularly how to efficiently assess their current care delivery and quality performance to help them advance care quality.

Download the report. The 2018 Stratis Health MIPS Estimator will be released in the coming weeks.