MACRA update: MIPS participation status letter coming soon to your practice
Physicians unsure as to whether they are eligible to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System of Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program should note that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is sending letters to practices, clarifying clinician eligibility for the MIPS 2017 performance year. These letters are being mailed no later than May 31; the WSMA has heard from a number of practices that have already received their letter.
Rather than mailing to individual clinicians, CMS is sending the letters to the practice identified by its taxpayer identification number and addressed to the representative specified in Medicare’s PECOS database. The letter has three parts:
Cover letter introducing information on the Medicare Quality Payment Program.
Attachment A, listing the participation status for each National Provider Identifier for the clinicians associated with the taxpayer identification number, according to the PECOS database.
Attachment B, including important Q&As.
After receiving the letter, we advise practice leadership to review Attachment A and advise the clinicians assigned to your TIN whether they are either eligible for MIPS or exempt.
If you believe the information provided in Attachment A is inaccurate, contact the Quality Payment Program either by email at QPP@cms.hhs.gov or by calling 866.288.8292 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. ET). TTY users can call 877.715.6222. Locally, you can contact Qualis Health at QPP-SURS@qualishealth.org. CMS has engaged Qualis Health as one of a handful of organizations nationally to assist in these educational efforts.
The WSMA continues its collaboration with our Washington state partners, and serves as a resource for our members and practice staff on MACRA issues, primarily via our publications and our dedicated MACRA webpage. If you have questions on next steps for MIPS, please contact Bob Perna, director of the WSMA Practice Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.441.9762.
Medicare Quality Payment Program Resource Center launched: Qualis Health, in collaboration with the WSMA and the Washington State Hospital Association, has introduced a new Quality Payment Program Resource Center. The webpage offers a new interactive toolkit to help you succeed with MACRA’s MIPS pathway.
You’ll also find the MIPS Minutes, an online learning series with brief topic-specific guidance, and the MIPS Tracking Tool, designed to offer clinicians an opportunity to develop a MIPS reporting plan and track results throughout the year. The tool also provides the ability to estimate (or model) how their performance on each MIPS category will eventually translate into a MIPS Final Score for Performance Year 2017.
Links to the Qualis Health resources, prepared under contract with CMS, are being added to the WSMA’s dedicated MACRA webpage.