MIPS Preparation 2021 – Stay Ahead with These Tips

By Christina Ytterock

NOTE: MIPS success requires focus and attention.  Here are some tips on what you can do right now to prepare for a successful 2021 reporting year. 

As many of you know, the 2020 MIPS attestation window has closed and we are well into the 2nd quarter of 2021. Given that fact, special attention to quality measures along with promoting Interoperability and improvement activity focus should be a high priority. Detailed policies, procedures, and workflow enhancements should be reviewed, updated, and put into place for each category objective and measure where applicable. 

End-user communication, refresher trainings, tips/tricks, and workflow updates that focus on the quality initiatives the organization selects are imperative for a successful reporting year. Patient experience and evolving access within and outside of the organization continue to be a priority. Preparing for the many upcoming changes will ensure continued success and positive outcomes. 

As the MIPS program evolves each year, the positive/negative adjustments and thresholds also continue to rise and organizations must adjust, review, and make updates to the EHR application and enhanced functionality to stay ahead of the game. 

Detailed planning for upgrades along with the implementation of new EHR features/functionality which focus on the 21st Century Cures Act and necessary interoperability enhancements should be in progress as many regulatory deadlines are in play this year and into 2022. 

Consider refreshing your current approach to the MIPS program with some of these suggestions. Remember that positive outcomes rely on the focus and details put into place throughout the year so it’s important to prioritize effort, discussions, and teamwork.

What approach have you taken to prepare for the 2021 MIPS reporting year? Have tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments section below, we would love to hear from you. 

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About the Author:

Christina is a Project Management and Application Specialist at eMedApps with over 20 years of experience in the Health Care industry. The Certified NextGen professional applies her clinical, IT and Quality background along with her NextGen system knowledge to aid practices in workflow enhancements, efficiency optimization, upgrades, reporting, CCM, PCMH, Meaningful Use, MIPS, quality initiatives and best practice implementation. Christina resides in Michigan and is detail orientated, organized, and has a positive can-do attitude. She thoroughly enjoys working with clients to achieve their goals.