Pre-P.S. We’d like to introduce you to Jerry Henderson. He’s one of the co-founders of Clinicient, our parent company. He was a PT for over twenty years until he switched gears and began building Clinicient after seeing a gap in the market for an EMR software built specifically for outpatient therapy. He’s since helped the company evolve into a market leading EMR and helped expand the family to include us here at Keet and our newest partners Intermountain ROMS. Jerry’s a Keetian through and through, and today he’s taking over the blog.

“Bring Out Your Dead!” is the tagline from one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

If you’re a Python fan, you likely remember the scene: The film is set in medieval England, and during this sequence, a group of undertakers are slogging through a muddy thoroughfare with a cart of the recently deceased calling out “Bring Out Your Dead!”. An elderly man is about to be thrown on the cart but insists he isn’t dead yet.

Monty Python Bring Out Your Dead GIF

Like the “Dead Man” in this scene, fee for service is terminally ill. It isn’t ready for the “Dead Collector” quite yet, but it’s close.

MIPS is Just the Beginning

If you’ve heard me on one of the Keet webinars, you know I’m repeating myself, but I think this bears repeating: MIPS is important—it’s also just the tip of the iceberg. MIPS signals the beginning of the end for fee for service. It’s the vessel that encouraged the collection of value-driven patient reported outcomes and was the beginning of PTs showing their value much like the rest of the healthcare industry has for years. It opens doors to creative care opportunities previously left closed due to the lack of data. MIPS is a sea change event because it changes the conversation from merely collecting individuals outcomes to driving continuous quality improvement and reporting in aggregate to see trends. It’s what will get us out of fee for service and into models that are beneficial to value-based care.

I feel very fortunate that we had smart players on both the Keet and Clinicient teams who were ready to think bigger than the initial ruling and create a solution that not only meets MIPS requirements but sets a much broader foundation for the industry.

This is the first time I’ve been able to catch my breath since we launched Outcomes and I’m just now feeling the true magnitude of the puzzle that’s beginning to take shape.

Keet and Clinicient Teams

The Clinicient and Keet teams knew early on a qualified registry wouldn’t be enough—we wanted more than that. We knew meeting QCDR requirements would be crucial for our long-term vision and partnering with someone who had a QCDR in place would allow us to move rapidly and place greater focus on the experience for patients and providers—something that so often gets put on the backburner in our industry.

Enter Intermountain ROMS…

With a strong backbone in healthcare innovation, we knew Intermountain ROMS was our partner of choice. We know their years of experience in delivering outcome measures and providing the analytic tools necessary to do more with data was exactly what we needed to add to Keet to create the most robust solutions for the market in year one of MIPS for physical and occupational therapy.

This was a huge team effort that required research; understanding complex requirements and translating those requirements for our clients; development of an innovative, high-value low touch solution; and implementation and training of thousands of new users ranging from front office administrators to therapists to patients.

The Pioneers

I would like to publicly thank the pioneers at Intermountain who developed the ROMS system, especially Gerard Brennan, Stephen Hunter, and Lee Pierce. We wouldn’t have had the ability to support our clients in the MIPS program without their vision and diligent development of a practical and effective methodology for measuring outcomes.

Our Clients

And, most importantly, I want to thank the clients at Clinicient and Keet who were willing to be early adopters of Keet Outcomes and participate in the first year of MIPS for PTs. It’s obvious that none of this would be possible without you.

More to Come!

We are immensely proud of the product we delivered in 2018 to help our clients meet MIPS reporting requirements. With that being said, there is more work to be done, and we couldn’t be more excited.

While it may not be time to “bring out your dead” quite yet, that time is coming sooner than many believe. With fee for service stepping up to the guillotine, it’s time to begin laying the groundwork for your success in value-based programs. MIPS is just the beginning; Outcomes opens up a plethora of opportunity that we can’t wait to explore alongside you.