On September 13, CMS announced that they have identified a few errors in the scoring logic for the 2017 performance scores and have implemented solutions to correct them. Eligible clinicians and groups are strongly encouraged to check and/or re-check their 2017 MIPS Performance scores for accuracy and updates. Consequently, CMS is extending the targeted review deadline from October 1 to October 15.
The scoring logic affects:
- Practices who were granted ACI exemptions and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances hardship exceptions. The performance scores for many of those practices did not take the exemptions into account.
- Note: The following Louisiana parishes were granted the Extreme and Uncontrollable exemptions in 2017: Acadia, Allen, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, De Soto, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Natchitoches, Plaquemines, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Mary, Vermilion and Vernon.
- The awarding of Improvement Activity credit for successful participation in the Improvement Activities (IA) Burden Reduction Study. Practices who successfully participated in the study were not given the appropriate IA credit.
- The addition of the All-Cause Readmission (ACR) measure to the MIPS final score.
When CMS corrected the scoring logic, the scores for clinicians who were impacted by the changes were affected. And, because the MACRA legislation must remain budget neutral, clinicians who were not directly affected by the logic changes may see corrections to their 2019 MIPS adjustments.
Contact LAMMICO Practice Management Specialist, Natalie Cohen, MBA, MHA, at 504.841.2727 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or for a personalized consultation to help you AVOID A PENALTY!
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