January 13, 2017

CMS Seeks MIPS-Eligible Clinicians for Study

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible clinicians (EC) and clinician groups that successfully collect and send CMS quality measurement data to participate in a study.

The study will investigate burdens associated with quality performance data collection and submission processes. It aims at improving quality data submission and collection process in the following ways:

  • Examining clinical workflows and data collection methods using different submission systems
  • Understanding the challenges clinicians face when collecting and reporting quality data
  • Making future recommendations for changes that will attempt to eliminate clinician burden, improve quality data collection and reporting, and enhance clinical care

    Participation in the study by radiologists or radiology groups may be particularly informative for identifying the burdens associated with quality measure data collection. In many situations, radiology groups and individual radiologists practice at multiple locations or facilities and must collect data across institutions and rely on IT infrastructure purchased, maintained and operated by their hospitals.

    Assessments of these data collection and submission processes can provide the framework for future recommendations for constructive changes.

    If selected, MIPS ECs will fill out at least three surveys, take part in at least three focus groups and will send CMS at least three clinician quality performance measures between January and December 2017.

    MIPS ECs who successfully complete the study will receive full credit for the improvement activities performance category of MIPS. In addition, CMS will provide direct feedback to the MIPS EC on easier ways to collect and send data.
    CMS is accepting applications through Jan. 31, 2017.

    Download an application. Completed applications should be emailed to CMSCPIAStudy@ketchum.com.