New Tools Available to Guide Physicians Through Merit-Based Payments

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The fact sheets are meant to help those already participating in or those considering the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
The fact sheets are meant to help those already participating in or those considering the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

HealthDay News — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently added 3 new online resources to assist physicians already participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and those exploring the opportunities available.

The three new resources are a MIPS participation fact sheet, a MIPS improvement activities fact sheet, and a list of 2017 CMS-approved qualified registries.

The MIPS participation fact sheet explains how the rules apply to clinicians who provide health care in rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, and critical-access hospitals and also provides an explanation of exemptions for certain clinicians. The MIPS improvement activities fact sheet explains the four performance categories that will affect Medicare payments: quality, clinical practice improvement activities, use of certified electronic health record technology, and resource use. Finally, the list of CMS-approved qualified registries reviews includes more than 100 registries, with contact information and a breakdown of costs and services.

"CMS suggests that individuals and groups looking to submit their MIPS data via a qualified registry for 2017 carefully review their choices from the more than 100 registries listed," according to a news release from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reference

New CMS Resources Aim to Guide Physicians Through MIPS. American Academy of Family Physicians newsroom. Published April 26, 2017. Accessed May 9, 2017. http://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170426mipsresources.html

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