October 06, 2017

Still Time to Start MIPS Quality Data Collection

The Oct. 2 deadline may have passed to enjoy the benefits of a full 90 consecutive days of participation in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), but there is still time to avoid payment penalties by starting quality data collection at some point this year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Eligible professionals, including radiologists, who submit data for a full year or any consecutive 90-day period, may earn a neutral or positive payment adjustment. October 2 was the last day to begin reporting for a consecutive 90-day period. If you begin submitting data at some point — some data for even one quality measure or one improvement activity for any point in 2017 — you can avoid a negative payment four percent payment adjustment that goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Potentially, the likelihood of earning a positive payment adjustment from your participation in MIPS increases proportionately with the amount of data you report.

The American College of Radiology’s (ACR) MACRA Resources Page provides members with many tools to comply with the requirements of MIPS and alternative payments models, the two mechanisms available to radiologists for complying with MACRA quality performance requirements. Additional information is available on the ACR’s Quality Payment Program Page.

CMS recommends using the MIPS Lookup Tool on the Quality Payment Program Website to determine if you should participate in MIPS. A Quick Start Guide to Participating in MIPS can be found in the Quality Payment Program’s Resource Library.

Free Technical Assistance is available to clinicians, especially those in small, underserved and rural practices.