MIPS Next Steps-Tackling Advancing Care Information

Posted on Aug 03, 2017 by Lea Chatham

Healthcare practice reviewing information on MIPSFor the past couple of months, we’ve been outlining how to participate in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017. As we’ve mentioned, it is too late to participate for a full year but there are still options to avoid a penalty and even get an incentive. In our last post we reviewed the requirements for the Quality portion of MIPS. This month, we’re taking a closer look at the Advancing Care Information (ACI) component.

As a reminder, MIPS is comprised of three components that make up a total score:

  1. Quality (60%)
  2. Advancing Care Information (25%)
  3. Improvement Activities (15%)

ACI replaces the previous Meaningful Use incentive program for eligible providers. Because not all certified EHRs are 2015 edition certified yet, there are two measure set options. Since many EHRs are not yet 2015 certified, we’ll focus on the 2017 Advancing Care Information Transition Objectives and Measures. To participate in 2018, your EHR does need to be 2015 edition certified, and everyone will do the Advancing Care Information Objectives and Measures. At that point, the 2017 transitional measures will be phased out.

Note: If you aren’t sure which edition your EHR is certified for you can find out at qpp.cms.gov.

There are 11 total measures in the 2017 Advancing Care Information Transition Objectives and Measures.Healthcare workers reviewing the 11 measure included in the 2017 Advancing Care Information Objectives and Measures You must report 90 days of data on the four required measures to meet the requirements for the Partial Pace or Full Pace. The four required measures are:

  • Security Risk Analysis
  • e-prescribing
  • Provide Patient Access
  • Health Information Exchange

You can complete and of the other six measures for additional credit. For more bonus credit you can also:

  • Report Public Health and Clinical Data Registry Reporting measures
  • Use certified EHR technology to complete certain improvements in the improvement activities performance category

You can select the measures you are going to complete and download them in a .CSV file at the MIPS website. The file provides the name of the measure and the basic details on the requirements. Here is an example of what the measures look like on the site:

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Be sure you choose the required four measures. Then pick any additional measures you’d like to do. If you have been doing Meaningful Use, CMS recommends continuing with the measures you have already been submitting and working to get maximum credit.

Next month, we’ll take a look at the third component of MIPS in a post on Improvement Activities. Be sure to come back and check it out.

Have questions about MIPS? Ask them in the comments, and we’ll track down the answers.

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Lea Chatham

Lea Chatham

Lea Chatham is the Director of Content Marketing at Solutionreach and the editor of the Solutionreach blog. She is responsible for developing educational resources to help independent practices improve patient relationship management. She specializes in simplifying information about healthcare and healthcare technology for physicians, practice staff, and patients. Her work has been published in many leading journals including Physicians Practice, Medical Economics, Medical Practice Insider, and the PAHCOM Journal.

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