MIPS: Last day to register for the CAHPS for MIPS Survey reporting option for the 2017 MIPS performance year under the CMS Quality Payment Program
Due to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed a new Quality Payment Program that has two payment pathway options: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models (APMs). The CMS Quality Payment Program began on Jan. 1, 2017 and performance in the pathway you choose this year will affect your Medicare payment in 2019. Physicians who are required to participate in MIPS may choose from up to six reporting mechanisms to report data for the MIPS Quality Performance Category depending on whether you report as an individual or a group. Of the six reporting mechanisms, the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for MIPS Survey is optional for groups with two or more eligible clinicians and requires registration with CMS by June 30, 2017. Per CMS, the survey is not an option for physicians who participate in MIPS at the individual reporting level, and the survey is not appropriate for practices that do not provide primary care services.
Under the CMS Quality Payment Program framework, if you do not participate in an advanced APM in 2017, you may be subject to MIPS this year. To find out if you are required to submit data to MIPS or if you are exempt this year, refer to the letter CMS sent to your practice or access the online lookup tool on the Quality Payment Program website at https://qpp.cms.gov/learn/eligibility. If you are not exempt and choose not to participate in either pathway in 2017, you will receive an automatic 4-percent pay cut on a per claim basis to your Medicare Part B payments in 2019.
If you belong to a group of two or more eligible clinicians and would like to learn more about the survey or registration process, click on the CMS link above to access the CAHPS for MIPS Survey Fact Sheet and Registration Guide. For questions, contact the CMS Quality Payment Program Service Center by phone at (866) 288-8292 or by email at QPP@cms.hhs.gov.