New Resources Help Navigate MIPS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted three new resources to its Quality Payment Program Educational Resources webpage:
MIPS Participation Fact Sheet: This fact sheet answers basic questions about eligibility in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Fact: “Clinicians who are not included in MIPS now, may choose to voluntarily submit data individually to Medicare to learn, to obtain feedback on quality measures, and to prepare in the event MIPS is expanded in the future. Clinicians who submit data voluntarily will not be subject to a positive or negative payment adjustment,” CMS states in this fact sheet.
MIPS Improvement Activities Fact Sheet: This fact sheet explains basic concepts for this performance category such as choosing and submitting improvement activities, reporting criteria, and scoring.
Fact: Whereas most participants must complete up to four improvement activities for a minimum of 90 days this year to receive credit, groups with fewer than 15 participants and clinicians in rural or health professional shortage areas need only complete up to two activities for a minimum of 90 days. Participants in certified patient-centered medical homes, comparable specialty practices, or alternate payment models (APM) designated as a Medical Home Model automatically earn full credit for this performance category, as do participants in certain other APMs.
2017 CMS-Approved Qualified Registries: Get the latest list of qualified registries your clinicians can use to report MIPS performance data. This list provides registry names, contact information, cost, services offered, and supported reporting options, performance categories, quality measures, and electronic clinical quality measures.
Fact: Qualified registries are just one method for data submission under MIPS. Alternatively, improvement activities may be submitted by attestation via the CMS Quality Payment Program website, a qualified clinical data registry, or an electronic health record system. Groups of 25 or more eligible clinicians also have the option of using the CMS Web Interface.
Source: MLN Connects, April 20, 2017