September 26-30 was National IT Week, and CMS engaged in outreach efforts all week to help providers and other stakeholders comply with the agency’s health IT initiatives.
Now that the Merit-based Incentive Payment (MIPS) program incorporates participation in the meaningful use program, successful attestation means more than just collecting incentive dollars to underwrite investments in technology and other compliance costs.
At the conclusion of 2017, MIPS will assess positive or negative updates as a percentage of Medicare reimbursement that are partially dependent on MU program participation for all eligible providers and eligible hospitals—including those radiologists that have not elected to exempt themselves.
In one message, CMS urged participants to find out if 2016 exclusions and alternate exclusions (intended to assist providers in early stages of attestation) applied to them, including the alternate exclusions for measure 2 (laboratory) and measure 3 (radiology orders), under Objective 3, which requires eligible providers to use computerized order entry.
Measure 3 requires that more than 30% of radiology orders created by an EP during the reporting period be done electronically. Providers scheduled to be in Stage 1 in 2016 may claim an exclusion for measure 3 in 2016.
Radiology practices with imaging center assets should be aware that referrers may be struggling to comply with this measure and be ready to provide support during outreach visits to their referrer communities.
EP alternate exclusions also are available for Objective 10, measures 1 and 2 (syndromic surveillance reporting and specialized registry reporting).
Eligible hospitals and CAHs in Stage 1 may also receive an alternate exemption for objective 3, measures 2 and 3; objective 4 (electronic Rx prescribing); and objective 9, measure 3 (specialized registry reporting).
The EHR registration and attestation system will automatically identify providers eligible for alternate exclusions.