Time, costs of participation in MIPS are considerable

(HealthDay) – The time and financial costs associated with participating in the United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Merit-based Incentive Payment System, MIPS) are substantial, according to a study published online May 14 in the JAMA Health Forum.

Dhruv Khullar, MD of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and colleagues conducted a qualitative study of the cost of independent medical practice attending MIPS in 2019. The time and financial cost of attending MIPS were determined from the responses to In-depth semi-structured interviews conducted from December 12, 2019 to June 23, 2020 are calculated.

The researchers found that the average practice cost per doctor for attending MIPS was $ 12,811. Physicians, clinical staff, and administrative staff per physician spent a combined 201.7 hours per year on MIPS-related activities. Together, medical assistants and nursing staff spent an average of 99.2 hours per doctor per year. Frontline doctors, senior administrators, and other clinicians and staff spent 53.6, 28.6 and 20.3 hours, respectively. The doctor’s time accounted for the largest share of the total costs associated with MIPS (54 percent).

“Policy makers’ attention may be warranted to ease the burden on the MIPS program, especially given the uncertainty about whether it will improve quality or improve outcomes for patients,” the authors write.

Two authors announced financial relationships with Arnold Ventures.

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