MACRA Minute – May 2019

Sweet April showers do spring May flowers. – Thomas Tusser

How are you doing in Year 3 of the QPP?

We are almost half way through year 3 of the QPP program. How are you
doing? Remember Telligen can provide free one-on-one assistance with any
aspects of the QPP program.

If you are struggling with the program, or would like us to review your
measures or activities, contact us: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST; 844-358-4021 or

If you have a local event coming up and would like to have a speaker
discuss QPP or MIPS to your audience at no cost, contact us!

MIPS Preliminary Performance Feedback is Available

The MIPS data submission period ended on April 2. You can view preliminary performance feedback in the QPP Portal. While not all data is currently available, preliminary feedback will provide an idea of what your final score will be. The following data is not yet available, and may affect your final score:

  • All Cause Readmission Measure
  • Cost Measure Data
  • Special Status Scoring Consideration
  • Claims Measures
  • CAHPS for MIPS Survey Results
  • Hardship Application Status
  • Improvement Study Participation
  • Quality Measure Benchmark Updates
  • Final performance scores and feedback will be released this summer

Final performance scores and feedback will be released this summer. Once
final scores are released, you can log into the portal to verify that all data
submission information is correct.

Upcoming CMS Webinars

CMS Webinars – Register Now!

May LAN Webinar: How to Maximize Your Score in the Cost
Category; Practical Adv ice for Solo and Small Group Practices

This event will focus on learning how cost scores are calculated, how much
they impact overall MIPS scores and how you can identify and adapt in areas that are impacting your cost score.

June LAN Webinar: How to Succeed in the Promoting Interoperability
Category for Solo and Small Group Practices

Upcoming Telligen Webinars

Addressing Quality Measures with the Annual Wellness Visit

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit benefits the patient in many ways. It
focuses on preventive care and safety, yet it is slow to be adopted. Join
guest speaker, Donna Cohen, RN, BSN, CCM, Deputy Director of Population
Health QIN-QIO from Alliant Health Solutions. She will share detailed
information on the Annual Wellness Visit, and how your practice can cover
numerous MIPS Quality measures through the workflow process.

APM 201 Series: Moving from MIPS to an APM: What You Need to

Hosted by Telligen QIN QIO, Telligen SURS and COMPASS PTN
Session Three: Sharing APM Success Stories – In part three of this series,
practices will share their journeys and provide tips and strategies that helped them navigate through a successful ACO transition.

Annual Wellness Visit

An Annual Wellness Visit is a patient’s yearly appointment with their primary care provider to create or update a personalized care plan and perform a health risk assessment.

Benefits of an Annual Wellness Visit includes:

  • Reduce total healthcare costs for the patient
  • Spend time with the patient and have an open exchange of information
  • Meet quality measure stipulations for QPP during the visit
  • An annual wellness visit resource is now available on our website at:

We will host special guest speaker, Donna Cohen from Alliant Health
Solutions, on May 29, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT. She will share
detailed information about the Annual Wellness Visit and how your practice can cover numerous MIPS Quality measures through the workflow process.

Register here.

New QPP Resources Available

The following resources were updated or added to the QPP Resource Library in April:

We encourage you to explore the resource library, and check out all the
great resources that are available.

May Quality Measures Tip: Healthy Vision Month

One of the new Improvement Activities for 2019 in the Achieving Health
Equity subcategory is Comprehensive Eye Exams. This activity was created to promote the importance of comprehensive eye exams to underserved or high-risk populations. It can be used by:

  • Non- ophthalmologists/optometrists who refer patients to an ophthalmologist/optometrist
  • Ophthalmologists/optometrists caring for underserved patients at no cost OR
  • Any clinician providing literature and/or resources on this topic
  • Primary care clinicians can accomplish this by talking to their patients about comprehensive eye exams, providing them with resources and/or referring them to receive no-cost eye exams

This material was prepared by Telligen QPP-SURS Resource Center, the Quality Payment Program for Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. HHSM-500-2017-00012C.

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