GLPTN works with clients to improve MIPS scores

Thursday, May 25, 2017

MIPS CalculatorThe Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network (GLPTN) committed all of its eligible clinicians to participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2017. To achieve that goal, GLPTN’s Quality Improvement Advisors (QIAs) at Purdue Healthcare Advisors in Indiana have been working with representatives for 3,500-participating clinicians to provide education on the programmatic options and to help each group strategically decide how to participate. 

Historically, programs such as Meaningful Use (MU) and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) have been a “pay-for-reporting” compliancy task.  However, the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS) will translate a group’s overall score into financial impact for Medicare Part B payments.  QIAs have brought the MIPS Calculator to their clients, and this tool helps them grasp the current state of their quality scores and the related impacts that state has on their overall MIPS score.

“Many clients are seeing their quality measure scores with a fresh perspective and are becoming motivated to make improvements,” said PHA Senior Advisor Allison Bryan-Jungels who acts as GLPTN’s Indiana Lead. “Often, these improvements don’t need to be grand in scale and, by leveraging process-improvement resources to draw attention to the specific component that needs help, these clients are able to follow a structured process to drive outcomes.”

For example, Bryan-Jungels says one GLPTN-member client was able to improve a Composite Quality Measure score by several points by just increasing the documentation capture rate within its EHR. She encourages groups to reach out now to PHA’s Quality Services team to start a score-advancement plan for quality metrics outcomes now. If you are an Indiana-based, GLPTN-participating group, talk to your QIA about incorporating Lean Daily Improvement (LDI) work into your transformation plan.

Writer: Jeanine Parsch, 765-337-7047,

Writer: Allison Bryan-Jungels, 765-496-9791,

Tags: Process & Cost Improvement (Lean) , Quality Services

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