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CMS Alters Benchmarks for Some MIPS Measures

Monday, February 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
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Baltimore, MD - In early January 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "zeroed-out" the historical benchmarks for quality measure 226 - Preventative Care and Screening: Tobacco Use: Screening and Cessation Intervention. This change in historical benchmarks will affect scores for the 2018 performance period.


Why it Matters:

Under the new benchmarks, the most a clinician will be able to earn for this measure is three (3) points according to long-standing CMS policy on measures without a historical benchmark. Clinicians reporting this measure electronically, can earn a 1 point bonus for end-to-end electronic reporting. This is down from a maximum of 10 points that a clinician or group could have earned under the old benchmarks.


What to Do:

Clinicians planning to report this measure for the 2018 performance period should review their measure selections to determine the impact this will have on their final scores. If data exists for alternative measures to be reported, we recommend reporting those measures instead to maximize 2018 MIPS participation.


AAOE will be voicing its concern with this move using the data you provide in this survey (also available below). If you are concerned with this new policy, we encourage you to contact your elected representatives using the AAOE Legislative Action Center.


Provide us more information on how this change impacts you in the survey below:

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