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From CMS: Field Testing of Episode-Based Cost Measures Available

Thursday, October 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
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From CMS:

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Participate in Field Testing of Episode-Based Cost Measures by November 15

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a field test for eight episode-based cost measures before consideration of their potential use in the cost performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality Payment Program. During the field test, clinicians may access confidential feedback reports with information about their performance on these new measures. All stakeholders are also invited to comment on the measures and supplemental documents.

The eight episode-based cost measures are:

  1. Elective Outpatient Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
  2. Knee Arthroplasty
  3. Revascularization for Lower Extremity Chronic Critical Limb Ischemia
  4. Routine Cataract Removal with Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation
  5. Screening/Surveillance Colonoscopy
  6. Intracranial Hemorrhage or Cerebral Infarction
  7. Simple Pneumonia with Hospitalization
  8. ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) with (PCI)

Participate in Field Testing through November 15, 2017

The field test is a voluntary opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the measure specifications and the report template for the eight measures in their current stage of development. This feedback will be considered in refining the measures and for future measure development activities.

If you or your clinician group perform(s) or manage(s) the care for one or more of the procedures or medical conditions represented in the measures above, you might have a confidential Field Test Report on the CMS Enterprise Portal. For group practices, reports are available for the TIN of the group practice. Please refer to the “2017-10-cost-measure-field-test-access-guide.pdf” in the zip file linked below for instructions on setting up or activating your EIDM account. The supplemental documentation listed below is included in a zip file on the MACRA page under the “What’s new” section and “Episode-based cost measures” subsection. To download the zip file directly, please click here.

  • Field Test Mock Report
  • Draft Cost Measure Methodology
  • Draft Measure Codes List

Please provide comments through this online survey by 11:59 PM ET on November 15, 2017.

You may refer to the fact sheet or FAQs document for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact QPPCostMeasureTesting@ketchum.com.

Join Upcoming National Provider Calls (NPC) to Learn More about Field Testing

Note: The same content will be covered on both calls. Please click one of the dates to register.


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