ME: Is it realistic for the government to expect the necessary data tracking and reporting for MIPS when the technology is still not optimized to do so?
JA: The short answer is no. This has been a long-standing issue with many government programs. When we think back on Meaningful Use and its iterations, the program was revised and delayed multiple times until a workable structure was identified. I believe the same will happen with the MIPS program. Technology exists today to help providers comply with the new reporting requirements, but EHR vendors have been slow to offer innovative solutions that make it easier for providers to achieve regulatory compliance.
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From a clinical standpoint, it’s very hard to criticize MIPS’s quality measures in terms of being medically appropriate and aligned with best practices. However, it’s unrealistic to expect physicians to comply with these new regulations without updated technology. We need to close the current technology gaps before providers are required to link a significant amount of their practice income to the MIPS program.
Jay Anders, MD, is the chief medical officer for Medicomp Systems.