We’ve established the benefits of hitching your wagon to a QCDR – but what about the basic benefits physical therapists have when it comes to just participating in MIPS?

One thing we try to drive home at Keet is that participation in MIPS puts you into a pool with all healthcare providers, not only those in the outpatient rehab space. This might sound scary and overwhelming but, really, we think it gives PTs a leg up in being successful. 

Just a quick refresher….

MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) is broken up into four categories: Cost, Quality, Promoting Interoperability, and Improvement Activities. Each category is towards a 100-point score which then determines whether you’ve earned a positive or negative payment adjustment in your Medicare fee schedule. 

For PTs though, the cost and interoperability categories are crossed out. Those weights transfer over into the quality measures category.

And you know what’s great about that? Physical therapists are already experts in delivering quality care. 

Plus, the cost and interoperability categories are arguably the toughest two to score well in. When you remember the fact that PTs are competing with all other healthcare providers but we’re holding a stacked deck, it’s easy to see why we advocate to take part.  

If you ask us, this adds up to a pretty good outlook for physical therapists participating in MIPS.