New Webpage Helps Small, Rural Practices Participate in MIPS
CMS announced over the weekend the launch of a new section on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website dedicated to clinicians working in small or rural practices, as well as those treating patients in underserved areas. The new page serves as a single point of reference for these clinicians to help them prepare for and actively participate in the QPP, particularly the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Clinicians can locate contact information to organizations providing assistance to practices through the Small, Underserved, and Rural Support initiative using a simple interactive map. They can also review the flexibilities to help reduce the participation and reporting burden on small practices for 2017.
The Small, Underserved, and Rural Support initiative provides free, customized technical assistance to clinicians in small practices. This assistance is available to practices with 15 or fewer clinicians. Priority is given to those small practices:
– Located in a rural area
– Located in designated health professional shortage areas
– Located in designated medically underserved areas
Eligible clinicians can receive:
– Help choosing and reporting on quality measures
– Direct education and outreach. Guidance with all aspects of the QPP, including strategic planning and helping a practice adapt to the new QPP processes.
– Support for optimizing health information technology such as certified electronic health record technology