It’s ALIVVVEE! Here’s What You Need to Know about MIPS.

This is the first in a series of articles about MIPS. Stay tuned to this blog for additional information about MIPS and Eyefinity product updates.

Since CMS released the final rule on October 14, MIPS has been a popular topic on news sites, blogs, and Facebook posts.

So, what do you need to know about MIPS and how does it affect your practice? Read on to get the scoop.

What’s MIPS?

MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Program System) is a Medicare payment program that is intended to incentivize eligible clinicians (ECs) to focus on the quality of care rather than quantity of care.

In a nutshell, MIPS streamlines and combines meaningful use and PQRS. MIPS does not apply to hospitals; it applies to individual clinicians.

Clinicians will be scored based on the following areas in 2017:

Category Explanation Value
Quality Formerly PQRS and CQMs 60%
Advancing Care Information Formerly meaningful use 25%
Clinical Practice Improvement Expanding hours improving outreach, etc. 15%

The lion’s share, 75%, is accomplished using a certified EHR—completing measures and quality reporting currently associated with meaningful use and PQRS. Data collection begins in 2017.

A fourth category, Cost, will be added in 2018. Cost will be based on episode-specific costs as reported on claims.

What’s at stake?

Payment adjustments start at 4% in 2019 and ramp up quickly to 9% in 2022. Since MIPS is required to be revenue neutral, the program applies a penalty to the bottom performing ECs to pay incentives to the top performing. Given that payment adjustment can be up to 9% in 2022, ECs can expect to see an 18-point spread in Medicare payments. That means serious money to some ECs.

Payment Year 2019 2020 2021 2022 and beyond
Max Adjustment 4% 5% 7% 9%

MIPS is designed to make ECs compete in quality performance. Since MIPS takes money from lower performing ECs and pays it to higher performing ECs, there’s a lot of incentive for ECs to bring their A-game.

Keep your eye on this blog for more MIPS information.

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Eyefinity® Secures EHNAC Healthcare Network 2-Year Reaccreditation

We’re excited to announce that Eyefinity has earned another two years of accreditation from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and achieved full accreditation with the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program (HNAP). You can rest assured that your data will continue to be secure and safe with Eyefinity.EHNAC_A_HNAP-EHN (2)

We understand that data protection and security remain top-of-mind for you and your patients, and this accreditation shows that we make protecting your personal health information a priority, so we can deliver excellence in health data processing and transactions. We strive to meet and exceed compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations.

“Eyefinity places great importance on security and compliance,” said Charlie Biegel, COO at Eyefinity. “We are proud to offer providers who do business with us the assurance that their interactions with Eyefinity are secure and safe.”

We’re proud to announce that our privacy measures, systems availability, security infrastructure, and process of managing and transferring protected health information were all evaluated by EHNAC and we exceeded all of the criteria and industry standards.

“At a time of heightened regulatory concerns, it is responsible healthcare organizations such as Eyefinity that we applaud for taking the extra steps to ensure trust with all their stakeholders and customers that they’re adhering to the latest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality,” says Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “In order to earn EHNAC HNAP accreditation, organizations are required to demonstrate excellence and a commitment to ensuring the security and privacy of health data processing and transactions for their customers.”

Learn more about EHNAC and the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program here.

4 Benefits of Using the App vs. Website on an iPad

Tablet photoWhen you want to stay up-to-date on the latest news, do you tap the CNN app or do you go to the CNN website on your iPad? If you’re going out to dinner and are wondering if you’ll need a jacket, do you open the weather app or do you go to weather.com?

While you’ll get the same information either way, whether you use an app or a website on the iPad can make a huge difference. That’s because on an iPad, apps outperform a website every time.

Apps are developed for the iPad and are directly installed onto the device, while a website is accessed through a browser on the iPad. Because an app is designed for the iPad, you benefit from its enhanced usability and simple navigation that, ultimately, optimizes your experience on the iPad. These benefits are complemented by being able to:

  • Use the iPad’s built-in features, such as the camera and Siri® talk-to-text feature, alongside the app
  • Scroll less with a visual experience tailored specifically for the iPad
  • Access the app with just a tap, instead of typing the website’s URL
  • Enjoy complete safety and security with the full support the Apple® App Store

Wish you can enjoy these benefits in your practice? You can with Eyefinity® EHR—the only EHR app in the optometric industry.

Five Questions with Phernell Walker, International Vision Expo Visionary

IMG_3522Earlier this year, Phernell Walker II, ABOM, Senior Product Manager for Eyefinity EHR, was selected by The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions as the International Vision Expo Visionary.

Like past Visionaries, Phernell, a renowned lecturer and peer-recognized master optician, has dedicated himself to advancing the field of ophthalmic optics. He is a Master in Ophthalmic Lenses, has a Bachelor of Science in Business, and holds an Associate Degree in Optics. Phernell’s career is focused on teaching and training opticians, ophthalmic technicians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists in the art of opticianry and ophthalmic care.

We caught up with Phernell to find out how he knew he wanted to be an optician at an early age, what the future holds for Eyefinity EHR, and to ask him a few questions.

What does being a Visionary mean to you?

I am honored to be a Visionary. It is a big responsibility. It means that I need to look into the future and anticipate the needs of our clients, patients and our profession in general.

What are you looking forward to at VEE?

I am excited to be in New York City. The city has so much to offer. I am planning to see the Book of Mormon and go to the Earth, Wind and Fire concert. But most importantly, I get to teach prism and ophthalmic optics to hundreds of people at the show.

Tell us about your book Pure Optics.

It is a textbook designed to help those wanting to become an optician understand ophthalmic optics. It goes over everything from geometric optics, lens design, prism and much more. I am proud that the book has been used by thousands of eye care professionals around the country.

You are a Master Optician. What does that entail?

There are fewer than 300 Master Opticians in the country. To become one, I had to take a series of exams, become ABO certified, and complete a thesis paper. It is about a six year process to complete the entire program.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I live in Portland, Oregon. In my free time, I sail and visit wineries around the city. I also like to try new restaurants.