MIPS replaces and consolidates previous Medicare quality initiatives (Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Value-based Modifier (VM) and EHR Incentive (Meaningful Use) Program) into one comprehensive program. Based on an eligible clinician’s performance in 2017 in three categories, Improvement Activities, Advancing Care Information and Quality, their 2019 Medicare Part B reimbursement will be impacted.
ASTRO has created a series of toolkits to assist practices during this first year, including videos, topic worksheets and a QPP Acronym List. This will be a growing educational resource as CMS issues more guidance on 2017 reporting.
Big Decisions Toolkit
MIPS is a complicated program with many issues and goals to consider. The Big Decisions video and MIPS Fact Sheet provide basic program information to assist practices in achieving success.
The Quality performance category is full of complex considerations, and it requires two videos to really cover all of the details. Part 1 is a basic overview of the performance category and contains information on specific measures. Part 2 focuses on measure benchmarks and category scoring. Both, in conjunction with the Quality Worksheet, will provide information to assist in making those decisions as you set your practice up for success.
Part 1 video
Part 2 video
Improvement Activities Toolkit
Improvement Activities is one of the three MIPS performance categories for the 2017 reporting year and is the only one to not replace a previous CMS legacy program. This video and the Improvement Activities Worksheet will support practices with details specific to radiation oncology.
Advancing Care Information Toolkit
Advancing Care Information (ACI) replaces the CMS Meaningful Use legacy program as one of the three MIPS performance categories. This video and the Advancing Care Information Worksheet will help guide practices towards MIPS success. The ACI Hardship Application must be completed for practices to have this category re-weighted to zero.