Now is the time to get started and here are six steps you can take immediately.
Six Steps to Prepare for the MACRA Quality Payment Program
- Learn about the Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Visit the QPP website at qpp.cms.gov, and determine if you are in the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS) or Advanced Alternate Payment Model (Advanced APM) track.
Even if you are exempt from the program in the first performance year (2017), you are encouraged to learn more about and participate in the Quality Payment Program on a voluntary basis beginning in 2017 to increase your likelihood of succeeding in subsequent years.
- Assess your performance under Medicare’s current quality programs:
- Obtain your Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Report from CMS;
- Obtain your Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR) from CMS;
- Both the PQRS Feedback Reports and QRURs can be accessed at https://portal.cms.govusing the same EIDM account.
- Obtain your results for the Medicare EHR Incentive (Meaningful Use) Program.
- Review MIPS Quality measures and reporting mechanisms.
- Explore the list of clinical practice Improvement Activities.
- 5. Contact your EHR vendor to discuss the Advancing Care Information measures.
- Determine what track and which measures are most appropriate for your practice.
Assistance is available from NCMS and other professional organizations. In addition, CMS has provided funding to organizations to help clinicians eligible for the QPP. Additional technical assistance will be made available to small practices (15 or fewer eligible clinicians and solo practitioners) in 2017.
Watch the Bulletin and the NCMS website for more information on how to prepare for the QPP. Questions? Contact Melanie Phelps, firstname.lastname@example.org.