MACRA Minute: May 2018


Enter Interoperability

Advancing Care Information Becomes “Promoting Interoperability”
To further promote commitments to interoperability of healthcare data and streamlining incentive programs, CMS recently re-named the EHR Incentive Program (for hospitals) and the Advancing Care Information category (MIPS performance category) to “Promoting Interoperability.”

The change will go beyond existing Meaningful Use requirements; bringing an increased focus on interoperability and improving patient access to health information.
What This Means:
  • For MIPS ECs: The “Advancing Care Information” performance category is now called “Promoting Interoperability”
  • For Eligible Hospitals, CAHs, and Medicaid Providers: “EHR Incentive Programs”  is now named “Promoting Interoperability Programs”
Please note this re-branding will not merge or combine the EHR Incentive Programs and MIPS. In the coming weeks, CMS will be updating its websites and educational resources to reflect this change.

Coming Soon: MIPS Final Scores

Final performance feedback will be available this summer (anticipated for July) to EC participants in the 2017 MIPS performance year. Currently, only preliminary feedback is available on
Want an instant update when the final reports become available? Subscribe to QPP email updates by clicking “Subscribe” at the bottom of any page on the QPP website. Also remember resources to support your MIPS participation are updated regularly on the site.

Get Ready to Improve Your MIPS Scores

Have workflow changes improved your Quality and/or Promoting Interoperability scores? 

What Improvement Activities have you selected? 

Are you gathering Improvement Activity baseline data and working on quality improvement workflows? 

Have you determined what changes might improve your 2017 score?

Telligen’s QPP-SURS team wants to know. We’re reaching out to ECs to answer questions and offer tips for improving in 2018. If you want to reach us beforehand, call us at 844-358-4021 or send an email.

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