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Business Observer Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2018 3 weeks ago

Health care group earns high Medicare, Medicaid marks

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Inaugural Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ merit incentive payment system rating gives Lee Physician Group a near perfect score.

FORT MYERS — Based on data and performance in 2017, Lee Physician Group received high scores through The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS). Lee Physician Group physicians and providers received a score of 96.96% out of 100% in the first year for CMS to track providers using this system.

Lee Physician Group is Lee Health's primary and specialty care medical group that is comprised of more than 570 primary and specialty care physicians and advanced providers at 77 practices throughout Southwest Florida.

"MIPS measures provider performance based in four categories: quality, advancing care information, care improvement activities and costs," says Dr. Leah Lynch, system medical director, value transformation for Lee Physician Group, in the statement. "We're very proud that we earned 100% for advancing care information and care improvement activities."

Lynch says Lee's use of technology, including Epic electronic health records and the MyChart patient access portal, brought the maximum number of points in the advancing care information category. Examples of the care improvement activities cited include obesity screenings, obesity follow-up, depression screenings and antibiotic stewardship. 

Lee Physician Group earned 56.94 out of a possible 60 points for quality. The cost category was not included in the review of 2017 data and performance, but will be in reviews moving forward.

 

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