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MACRA Quality Payment Program Support

Let us help you navigate MACRA and the quality payment programs. We specialize in optimization of performance under the MIPS, MIPS APMs and advanced APMs.

Chronic Care Management

We can help you establish or improve the performance of a chronic care management program. We focus on meeting the requirements for this program efficiently while being compliant with all regulations.

Coding and Compliance

Apollo HIT has extensive experience with designing automated coding applications and with educating thousands of physicians on how to code optimally.

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Latest Articles

Quality Payment Program 2020: Changes and Requirements (Part II)

Part II of the five-part series on the Quality Payment Program in 2020 authored by Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CRC, CFPC, founder and CEO of Apollo HIT, LLC, has been published.  It is available here. This article addresses the requirements for the quality performance category of the the Merit-based Payment Incentive System (MIPS) in 2020.  

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Quality Payment Program 2020 Updates and Requirements (Part I)

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Posted February 5, 2020 The Journal of the American Health Information Management Association (JAHIMA) published an article titled Quality Payment Program: 2020 Changes and Requirements Part 1, the first of a five-part series on the Quality Payment Program for 2020.  The article was authored by Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CRC, CFPC, founder and CEO of Apollo HIT,

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The Small Practice Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception – Use Caution

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CMS will allow clinicians to choose from a number of hardship exceptions for the Promoting Interoperability performance category of MIPS.  On the 2019 MIPS Promoting Interoperability Fact Sheet has as one of the choices, “You are in a small practice.”  The application process has similar language, simply asking clinicians to attest to being in a

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Information Blocking

CMS and the ONC released simultaneous proposed rules tied to information blocking and a number of related topics.  Key concepts are summarized here: CMS and ONC Proposed Rules on Information Blocking – Key Considerations . The article was written by Apollo HIT CEO Michael Stearns, MD, CPC and two invited coauthors (Bhavesh Modi, JD and Sarah

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MIPS APMs May Catch Many Practices Off Guard

Author: Michael Marron-Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC (Michael@ApolloHIT.com) This article discusses how a large percentage of clinicians eligible for MIPS will receive MIPS Scores in 2017 and 2018 based on what are called “MIPS APMs” that use a distinctly different scoring methodology than the MIPS, referred to as the APM Scoring Standard.  This article discusses the

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MIPS APMs and How They May Impact Your MACRA Strategy

This article was published in the September 2017 addition of the Journal of AHIMA and became available online in August 2017. A large number of MACRA professionals have reported that many providers are enrolled in an aspect of the MACRA Quality Payment Program called MIPS APMs without their awareness. Providers who agreed to participate in

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Embrace the MIPS Additional Payment Adjustment for Exceptional Performance

This article discusses the Additional Positive Payment Adjustment for exceptional performance under MIPS. The article requires membership to AHIMA however for reprints please reach out to us at info@apollohit.com in summary, the article discusses the $500 million fund available annually for the first six years of the MIPS program. These funds are used to reward

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How MACRA Changes Health Information Management (HIM)

This article was published in March of 2017 and identifies how health information management (HIM) professionals, including administrators, clinical documentation integrity specialists, compliance specialists, coding specialists, coordination of care specialists, informaticists, and those engaged and related services play an essential role in organizational performance under the Quality Payment Program (MACRA). It identifies the key roles

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MACRA, MIPS, and Advanced APMs: Time to Prepare (Published Article)

This article discusses how to prepare for the Quality Payment Program (MACRA).   It was written in June of 2016 in advance of the 2017 Final Rule for the QPP and a number of items were changed in the final rule. It was authored by Michael Marron-Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC, the CEO and founder of

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MACRA Strategies for 2017: Advantages and Disadvantages of Four Options (Published Article)

MACRA Strategies for 2017: Advantages and Disadvantages of Four Options

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