Clinicians still can sign up to participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) — one of the two tracks in the Quality Payment Program.

For 2017, clinicians can participate in one of three ways:

  • submit data covering a full year;
  • submit data covering at least a consecutive 90-day period; or
  • submit a minimum amount of data ( less than 90 days).

Clinicians submitting data for at least 90 days will avoid a negative payment adjustment and could be eligible for a positive payment adjustment. Clinicians collecting data on or before Oct. 2 will have 90 consecutive days of data for the transition year. However, clinicians can begin data collection as late as Dec. 31 and avoid the negative payment adjustment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds clinicians that more data increases the likelihood of earning a positive payment adjustment.

CMS offers no-cost technical assistance to assist clinicians in their participation during the transition year.

America’s Essential Hospitals has established a resource page dedicated to quality payment programs. Visit this page regularly for new and updated information.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.