March 31, 2018 is the deadline to report for the MIPS 2017 Transition Year and many MIPS eligible providers are at risk of receiving a negative 4% payment penalty. But it’s not too late. We can walk you through the simple steps to avoid this negative Medicare Part B payment adjustment. Sign up for my free webinar, Steps to Avoid the 4% MIPS Penalty for 2017—Before It's Too Late, and I'll take you through the process.
Here's the an overview of what we'll cover:
The TEST Option
In 2017, CMS offered a number of different MIPS reporting paths. As of now, choosing the “Test” option for 2017 MIPS reporting as described in the Quality Payment Program website is the easiest and most cost-effective way to avoid the 4% negative adjustment. See the description from CMS below:
We recommend choosing one Improvement Activity to fulfill the Test option requirement. (Reporting on a Quality measure at this late stage can be complicated and time-consuming.) Here are the steps to reporting one Improvement Activity:
Select one Improvement Activity from the list of 93 found in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website: https://qpp.cms.gov/mips/improvement-activities.
Clinicians should read the activity description to confirm that they have completed what the activity indicates. They must make a note of the Improvement Activity ID number and description, and collect any documentation to prove the activity was completed. For instance, take a screenshot of any area in the EHR that serves as documentation/proof of having completed any given activity.
EHRs generally do not track Improvement Activities because they are not included as part of the patient encounter workflow. (Kareo supports a streamlined and automated reporting process for Quality measures, however, based on the usual patient encounter workflow and with no additional data entry.)
Logging in to the QPP website requires a clinician’s EIDM account credentials. The clinician or office administrator may access the CMS Enterprise Portal to reset or create a new account at https://portal.cms.gov/wps/portal/unauthportal/home/ or call the QPP support desk at (866) 288-8292 for help.
Once logged in, confirm the TIN, NPI, etc. Then select Improvement Activities from the options on the right of the screen. Find and select the Improvement Activity you selected and click the check mark. Then sign out. The website does not have a Save or Submit button. CMS will gather the data at the end of day on March 31, 2018 and process any data submitted.
To avoid the -4% payment adjustment for the 2017 reporting year, the submission of the Improvement Activity selected must be submitted by March 31, 2018 and can be done via attestation at the QPP website free of charge.
Important Note: Clinicians need to keep any documentation gathered for a minimum of 6 years in case they are selected for an audit. It is best to create a MIPS Audit Binder for hardcopies as well as electronic records.
I hope you'll join me for my webinar. Let's get your reporting requirements taken care for 2017, and then we can talk about how to have an even better reporting year in 2018!