Get Ready to Report Your 2017 MIPS Data

December 12, 2017

Physician practices subject to Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) have until March 31, 2018 to submit their 2017 MIPS data to CMS. Submitting data for at least one MIPS category allows practices to avoid a financial penalty; doing more can result in financial incentives. Before you report, make sure all your bases are covered. Here are some key points for larger practices to keep in mind:

  1. Include all eligible clinicians in group reports. Entities reporting as a group must include data from all eligible clinicians in reports for the Quality and Advancing Clinical Information categories. This applies even to clinicians whose low Medicare volume exempts them from individual reporting. Eligible clinicians in their first year of Medicare participation are excluded, but that is the only exception.
  2. Hospital-based eligible clinicians still must report. To avoid a penalty for 2017, non-patient-facing and hospital-based eligible clinicians must report quality data for one measure or improvement activity. This includes emergency physicians, as well as anesthesiologists, radiologists, pathologists, etc. Alternative reporting requirements are available if a limited number of quality measures or improvement activities are applicable to your specialty.

Questions about reporting your practice’s 2017 MIPS data? Want to get started on MIPS 2018? CMS funded Health Quality Innovators to help large practices be successful Quality Payment Program participants. Contact us today at 844.357.0589 or for prompt, well-informed answers and advice.

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