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Will next year’s MIPS rule impact your ACI reporting this year?

Physician Practice Insider, August 21, 2017

There's a lot going on in CMS' proposed rule for year two of the quality payment program (QPP), so you may have overlooked three changes to the advacing care information (ACI) category -- formerly known as meaningful use -- that would impact this year's ACI efforts.

Jeanne Chamberlin outlined them in her presentation for her webinar on the proposed rule:

  • Include Exclusion for 2 Base Score Measures
    • Eprescribing: excluded if < 100 prescriptions
    • Health Info Exch: excluded if < 100 referrals or transfers out
  • New Ambulatory Surgery?Based designation
    • If > 75% of Medicare covered services are in POS 24, excluded from ACI & Quality score reweighted to 85%
  • Deadline for Hardship Exemption moved up to December 31, 2017.

That's three of the dozens of proposed changes to the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS), including advanced alternative payment models, that Chamberlin identified in the proposed rule. Comments on the rule are due Aug. 21.

Get guidance for how to finish up the first year of QPP and prepare for QPP year two during the on-demand webinar Next steps for MIPS: Prepare for changes and beat the 5% pay cut.


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