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A Visual Guide to Navigating MIPS

Confused by the complexities of MIPS and MACRA? athenahealth has illustrated the finer points in three easy-to-digest infographics. 

Part 1:
Navigating MIPS

Improve patient pay
from start to finish

An introduction to CMS's quality payment program.

Part 2:
Understanding MIPS and ACI

4 ways to improve patient pay

Here's what you need to know about CMS's Meaningful Use replacement.


Part 3:
MIPS Improvement Activities

The secret to
collecting self-pay

Here's how factors like care coordination and shared decision-making factor into MIPS.


4 Tactics That
Help You Collect
As payers shift more of the cost of care to patients, providers are feeling the sting.

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against penalties
With athenahealth, we guarantee you won't pay MIPS penalties—or we'll credit you the amount of any negative adjustments you receive.*

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Learn about the MACRA proposed rule, MIPS, and alternative payment models and how you can be rewarded, while avoiding penalties.

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Quality programs, explained.

See how quality programs have evolved in today's challenging healthcare landscape.


4-9% of your revenue could be at risk

Start submitting performance data after January 1, 2017 to maximize your incentive dollars. But if your practice doesn’t participate next year, you’ll get hit with serious penalties starting in 2019.


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We have a winning track record for quality program preparedness. And we're ready to deliver results. We report on your behalf, ensure seamless attestation, and guarantee you'll avoid MIPS penalties.


What is MACRA?

MACRA stands for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The act was signed into law in early 2015 and makes substantial changes to the government’s health care payment system. The significant portions include permanently repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for determining provider payments and changing the Medicare physician fee schedule by establishing two new options for reimbursement: the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternate Payment Models (APMs).

What is the purpose of MACRA?

MACRA creates a new framework for rewarding providers for better, lower-cost, patient-centered care.


CMS continues to promote the shift away from fee-for-service payments to adopting alternative payment models (APMs) to hit industry goals of having 50% of Medicare payments made through APMs, and having 90% of remaining fee-for-service payments tied to quality and value by the end of 2018.

What is the timeline for MACRA?

Though it could change in the final rule, the timeline is aggressive. The first performance year starts January 1, 2017 and will impact payments adjustments in 2019.

What providers are affected by MACRA?

MACRA, and the Quality Payment Programs that come out of it, will impact most providers across the country.