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If you haven’t started reporting to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), this may mean a few things. Maybe you are reporting to the test pace and waiting for the right moment to get that one submission in order. Perhaps you are taking the penalty. Or, you are using the last 90 days to focus on reporting while everyone gears up for the Holiday season. If the latter is true about your reporting progress, it’s time to begin the planning if you haven’t already.
Throughout the years ChiroTouch has noted that most providers tend to use the last quarter to report compliance. Many factors come into play here – the holidays tend to engross patients, because patients are more focused on time with family and friends. This makes reporting easier on the provider and staff because they have more time to focus on this effort.
Some providers practice in an area where they have a major influx of patients toward the end of the year and use this time to accumulate more patient appointments under their denominator. Others have been so busy running their business throughout the year that the last quarter is the most convenient time for them to begin. Whatever the reason may be for you to begin reporting now, the last 90 day reporting period is quickly approaching.
Getting Started & Maintaining Compliance until Attestation
Select the measures you are comfortable reporting on in the Advancing Care Improvement (ACI) category. This means deciding if you will report to required measures only or if adding optional or performance measures would be in your best interest.
Once you have made this determination, it’s time to decide who is in charge of maintaining these measures. Most are simple to manage, but Timely Access, for instance, comes along with a 4-day time limit that should be closely monitored to ensure optimum success. Each measure must be addressed prior to the end of the reporting period.
For the Quality reporting section, ChiroTouch recommends running your CQM report before beginning your 90 days. Select a typical 90 days from the previous nine months. This will give you an approximation of the amount of patients that you might be required to report on for your last 90 days. When your 90 days have started, run your report at least once a week to be sure you are keeping up with the patients that accumulate so you can stay compliant.
With the Improvement Activity (IA) category requiring a total of 90 days of reporting, it is important to have the two to four activities in mind prior to the October 2 reporting deadline. With your activities selected and the groundwork in place prior to reporting, these improvements should begin to take effect with results becoming clear therein.