Discern Health Managing Partner Guy D’Andrea was a guest lecturer at a graduate-level health IT policy and administration class at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The focus of Guy’s presentation was the health information technology (IT) aspects of the new Medicare payment programs for physicians.
As Guy described to the class, health IT is an important component of the Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Physicians can earn credit under the Advancing Care Information category in MIPS and can use IT to meet requirements in the Quality and Improvement Activities domain. Physicians have begun to report performance information to Medicare this year, and may have their payments adjusted in 2019.
Guy and the class reviewed the scoring model for MIPS in detail. They also discussed current challenges in health IT implementation and the need to fully integrate IT into care processes.
Discern works with many of its clients to understand and meet the challenges of MIPS and other payment reform programs. For more information on these services, please contact Guy D’Andrea.