MIPS-Exempt? Check Online

Physicians can now go online to determine whether they are exempt from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2017 performance period. Remember, your 2017 MIPS scores can affect your 2019 Medicare payments.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added a national provider identifier (NPI) lookup tool to its Quality Payment Program website. Physicians who bill Medicare can use the tool to find out if they are required to submit data to MIPS or if they are exempt this year.

As TMA reported May 1, physicians are still encouraged to check their mailboxes for a letter from CMS informing them of their MIPS participation status.

If you are not exempt from MIPS, you can turn to TMA and the TMF Health Quality Institute for help.   
  • For information about your participation options and simplest ways to avoid the 2019 MIPS penalty, refer to this Action article
  • For a MACRA readiness assessment and customized on-site assistance to help you with your practice's specific needs, contact TMA Practice Consulting by phone at (800) 523-8776 or by email. The assessment will focus on clinical processes, electronic health record optimization, and workflow improvement opportunities to help increase your MIPS scoring. TMA is dedicated to working with you and your practice to earn an incentive payment, not just avoid the penalty.  
  • For ongoing MIPS education and technical assistance, join the free TMF Quality Payment Program Network or contact TMF by email.   

For more information, visit the TMA MACRA Resource Center. For complete details about MIPS participation and reporting requirements, visit the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

Action, May 15, 2017

Last Updated On

May 15, 2017

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