The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has generated a fair bit of mayhem in the rehab therapy space. Surprisingly, though, it’s not the program’s complexity or potential payment impact that’s causing so much trouble—it’s the fact that MIPS participation is optional for many therapists.
It’s been more than a year since CMS added rehab therapists to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—but it’s still the talk of the town. Providers are trying to decide if participation is right for them, but weighing the pros and cons of MIPS is proving to be a little more difficult than expected.
It’s a new decade, and the future is bright—or at least, it could be! That was the overarching message when our expert PT soothsayers, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of WebPT; Dr. Dianne Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA, WebPT Director of Clinical Practice, Outcomes, and Education; and Dr. Scott Hebert, PT, DPT, WebPT Director of Product Management, joined forces to make seven predictions about the future of rehab therapy.
New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate transformation and positive change—and for that, it’s one of my favorite holidays. Not only are you celebrating the year that’s gone past—from your best moments to your trickiest trials—but you’re also celebrating the year that’s about to come.
CMS is ringing in 2020 with some regulatory changes—including tweaks to everyone’s favorite quality payment program: MIPS. Luckily, you don’t need to whip yourself into a compliance frenzy and navigate your own way through a stormy sea of new, changed, and deleted rules and guidelines.
Over the past year or so, the idea of MIPS participation has undergone an enormous transformation in the minds of rehab therapists. When the program was first introduced, we were optimistic about participation, and we heralded its arrival as an opportunity for therapists to prove their worth to CMS.
Okay, so the title of this article might be a little misleading; the final rule isn’t health care’s just desserts. It’s actually really great that CMS is always trying to improve one of our country’s most important safety nets—even though its methods of doing so are divisive, to say the least.
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, is one tough cookie. It’s complicated and downright frustrating at times—but it’s something that rehab therapists need to be familiar with. If you’ve been looking for a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow MIPS explainer, then you’ve come to the right place! Just play the video to understand the basics behind this latest government program.
There are technology companies in our market that are spreading misleading information about MIPS to convince providers to purchase their products and use their services.
I’ve spent an enormous amount of time researching MIPS—from digging through the 2,000-odd pages of the final rule and decoding line upon line of legalese, to participating in hour-long discussions (and dozens of email chains) with WebPT’s compliance experts. After all that researching, I feel pretty comfortable with the ins and outs of the program—as well as its benefits and drawbacks. So, let’s talk shop. Here are the pros and cons of MIPS participation: