You're Invited to a Health Affairs Complimentary Virtual Briefing: MIPS and the Social Determinants of Health

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020
  • 2 - 3:30 pm EST
  • Online meeting details to be shared after registration

Debbie Boylan
Phone: 301-347-3910

In 2016, in partnership with The Physicians Foundation, Health Affairs launched an article series on the "Practice of Medicine" focusing on important health policy issues affecting physicians. The effort has produced a comprehensive collection of policy research in the field.

On Thursday, October 29, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil will host an online forum examining the growing expectation that physicians address the social determinants of their patients' health. The program will highlight three recent Health Affairs papers in the Practice of Medicine series that discuss Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and how it handles patients' risk factors. It will also feature Michelle Schreiber, Deputy Director for Quality and Value, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, who oversees MIPS implementation.

Date: Thursday, October 29 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Place: Online meeting details to be shared after registration


Nate C. Apathy
Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, Perelman School of Medicine, and Associate Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania on "High Rates Of Partial Participation In The First Year Of The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System"

Kenton J. Johnston
Associate Professor, Health and Policy, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University, on "Clinicians With High Socially At-Risk Caseloads Received Reduced Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Scores"

Rocco Perla
Co-Founder, The Health Initiative

Gary Price
President, Physicians Foundation

Alexander T. Sandhu
Instructor of Medicine, Stanford, on "Adjustment For Social Risk Factors Does Not Meaningfully Affect Performance On Medicare's MIPS Clinician Cost Measures"

Michelle Schreiber
Deputy Director for Quality and Value, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Karen L. Smith
Family Practitioner, Raeford, NC
Others to be announced

Health Affairs is grateful to the Physicians Foundation for its support of The Practice of Medicine series and event, and to Lawrence P. Casalino, Professor of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine, who serves as adviser to the series.


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