Are you an anesthesia provider participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Let us tell you how the SurveyVitals solution might help you fulfill certain reporting requirements.
The Merit Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is one of two tracks in the QPP, the quality payment incentive program implemented by CMS. A small percentage of clinicians will qualify to participate in the Alternative Payment Models (APM) track, but most anesthesiologists will fall under the MIPS track.
You will receive a performance-based adjustment to your Medicare fee schedule in 2021 based on your MIPS performance in 2019. The amount of the adjustment, either positive, negative, or neutral, is based on an eligible clinician or group’s Composite Performance Score (CPS). The CPS is calculated using data across four categories of measurement.
If you bill Medicare Part B more than $90,000 in allowed charges per year and provide over 200 covered professional services under the Physician Fee Schedule for more than 200 unique Medicare patients a year, then you are part of the QPP. If you do not meet all three criteria, you could be exempt from participating in the program in 2019 under the the low-volume threshold exemption. Beginning in 2019, clinicians who meet the low-volume threshold may still opt in to MIPS if they meet at least one criterion.
To determine if you are required to participate in MIPS, CMS has provided a resource to check your status by entering your NPI into an eligibility “calculator.”
Anesthesiologists have the option to report as an individual, within a group, or within a virtual group.
|Individual||Single NPI tied to a single Tax Identification Number (TIN)|
|Group||Single TIN with two or more eligible clinicians, including at least one MIPS-eligible clinician, as identified by their National Provider Identifiers (NPIs), who have reassigned their Medicare billing rights to the TIN|
|Virtual Group||Combination of two or more TINs assigned to one or more solo practitioners or one or more groups consisting of ten or fewer eligible clinicians|
Reporting mechanisms vary based on reporting type and measure category. You can find more information on reporting mechanisms here.
Anesthesia providers and groups can select measures from the list of CMS-approved MIPS measures at the QPP website. Alternatively, they may select to report on Quality performance using specialized measures developed by a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) of their choosing. QCDR measures must be approved each year by CMS.
Anesthesiologists are required to report on six measures of their choosing for the quality category. One of those measures must be an outcome measure.
SurveyVitals is equipped to help anesthesia clients utilizing a QCDR to meet an outcome measure (AQI48 – Patient-Reported Experience with Anesthesia) in the Quality category. You must sign a disclaimer in order to report your patient experience data to a QCDR. View the reporting checklist, quick facts, and important deadlines here.
Anesthesia providers are required to participate in a combination of IA measures totaling 40 points. “High-weighted” activities are worth 20 points, while “medium-weighted” activities are valued at ten points. Your SurveyVitals solution can help you satisfy measures in the IA category. Download our “Road-Map to Improvement Activities” or contact us at email@example.com to learn more.
Reporting requirements for Improvement Activities are reduced for non-patient facing clinicians, which are defined as either:
Those considered non-patient facing must participate in one high-weighted activity or two medium-weighted activities to satisfy the Improvement Activities category (for a total of 20 points rather than 40).
Always remember to check the eligibility calculator on the QPP website to confirm you are considered non-patient facing.
The Promoting Interoperability (formerly Advancing Care Information) category places an emphasis on interoperability and patient engagement with certified EHR technology. Eligible clinicians must meet five required measures in the Promoting Interoperability category, with the opportunity to earn additional bonus points for up to 9 total measures.
Many anesthesiologists are exempt from fulfilling the Promoting Interoperability requirements due to having hospital-based special status. CMS defines a hospital-based clinician as a MIPS-eligible clinician who furnishes 75 percent or more of his or her professional services in a site of service identified by the following Place of Service (POS) codes used in HIPAA standard transactions:
Always remember to check the eligibility calculator on the QPP website to confirm you are considered hospital-based.
The score for the Cost category is calculated using administrative claims data. No data submission is required.
Want to learn how SurveyVitals can help you prepare for MIPS? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also send us a message using the blue chat icon below to speak to a member of our support team.
*Note: Information and program details are based solely upon SurveyVitals’ experience with MACRA and our interpretation of CMS rule-making and policy statements. The information presented does not reflect the views or policies of CMS or any other governmental agency and is not to be construed as practice management advice.anesthesia, anesthesiologist, CRNA, improvement activities, macra, MIPS, QPP, quality category, quality payment program
The redesigned MOCA 2.0 (Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology) allows anesthesia diplomates to complete a variety of new activities to meet the Part 4 Quality Improvement requirement. Diplomates are required to earn a minimum of 50 points during their ten-year MOCA 2.0 cycle by choosing and completing quality improvement activities most relevant to their practice.Where does SurveyVitals come in?
You may be able to use the SurveyVitals solution to fulfill the requirement by completing an improvement plan based on A) 360 professional reviews, or B) patient experience of care surveys. The point value for this activity is 1 point per hour spent on the activity, for a total of up to 25 points.
SurveyVitals’ Anesthesia 360° solution offers surveys for patients, practitioners, administrators, surgeons, and peers to give you a comprehensive look at patient and professional satisfaction.
Don’t know where to start? Your survey dashboard provides a detailed visual of areas scoring the lowest and receiving the most low-score alerts, allowing for quick identification of improvement opportunities. SurveyVitals’ robust reporting options allow you to easily track and measure improvement in these areas over time based on near real-time patient feedback.How can I attest to meeting this requirement?
Diplomates must attest to the activity on the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) website using the ABA-approved template found here. Your SurveyVitals data can be used to summarize both the Data Summary and the Change in Practice.
More information about the MOCA 2.0 Part 4 requirement can be found on the ABA website.anesthesia, anesthesiologist, CRNA, diplomates, Improvement, maintenance of certification anesthesia, MOCA, Quality
Due to poor email address quality we have made integration of numerous safeguards to ensure email deliverability a priority. Additional checks are now in place to ensure emails are formatted properly, have a validated domain association, and are not being blocked by spam filters. In the coming months be sure to watch your data quality in your portal upload page as these checks are integrated. Rest assured SurveyVitals will do everything possible to ensure bad data is filtered but please keep in mind we can only use the data you are sending us and some will be removed. Additionally, SurveyVitals reserves the right to limit sending of bad data. For those sending emails as a majority you may have noticed a dip in responses, this will be remediated shortly.email
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Based on client feedback, we have further refined this feature. Now a patient must click a second button to confirm their contact request. This confirmation will save you and your patients time by connecting you to only those who truly need to be contacted about their experience.
Many of you provided feedback during the recent SurveyVitals Innovation and Reinvention retreat, and we’ve just launched the first enhancement based on your comments. We’ve redesigned the dashboard to:
These enhancements provide practitioner-specific perspective and a comprehensive view of your benchmarked performance over time.
Percentile gauges now show your individual performance versus your respective peers over the past 30 days. Benchmark calculations are no longer based upon an aggregated group of practitioners where physicians and nurse anesthetists are combined—a change specifically requested during the retreat.
This is the first step we’re taking to improve and simplify your reports. Stay tuned for more exciting improvements from the SurveyVitals team in the near future. Log in and have a look!
Same great views now allowing you to:
“High patient satisfaction is related to increased market share, financial growth, diminished malpractice claims, and enhanced compensation rates” (Shirley & Sanders, 2013).
Now when a patient answers “Yes” to the question “Would you like to be contacted to discuss your experience?”, a contact request notification is created with their contact information. Securely viewed in your portal, with alert options via email, contact requests contain contact information. No more guessing how to reach a patient who leaves a critical comment or concern.
Please note it is important for your organization to designate a quality specialist to respond to every contact request you receive. A quick response from your organization is a major factor in patient satisfaction and reduced malpractice liability.
Keep your alerts to a minimum, like your inbox, with the archive button: access archived alerts and contact requests anytime you want while maintaining an active list of alerts.
Now available at the top of your redesigned alerts page, filtering allows you to look at custom criteria more quickly. You’ll also find a keyword search to quickly access exactly the alert you were looking for. The filter section allows you to filter by all notifications, survey alerts, or contact requests. Use the search to add anything you would like, like a division name for example.Alerts, Contact Me, notifications, patient experience
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