As a way of understanding the upside and downside risk MIPS and APMs may impose upon Spartanburg moving forward, Ulmer has partnered with SA Ignite, a company with meaningful use readiness tools that are now evolving into MIPS calculator tools, allowing those in the C-suite and others to see how much money is at stake, showing both the potential upside and the downside of the MIPS and APM payment models.
"We have a high level of anxiety about being ready, and some of it's because there's so much that we still just don't quite understand," Ulmer says. "We have two governance buckets here of meaningful use and other quality metrics, so we are now trying to have an aligned quality message to eliminate gaps in reporting on either the inpatient or the outpatient side.
"We have talked about Medicare Shared Savings, but we just don't know. We're trying to go into one of these payment models, but we may not be ready yet. But that's our goal."
Scott Mace is the former senior technology editor for HealthLeaders Media. He is now the senior editor, custom content at H3.Group.