June 1, 2017 | Cathy Thomas Hess, BSN, RN, CWCN

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Quality Payment Program: Advancing Care Information Performance Category Part 2

In last month’s column, we discussed the first part of the “Quality Payment Program: Advancing Care Information Performance Category” and focused on how the Advancing Care Information (formerly known as Meaningful Use) could be reweighted based on select criteria. We also reviewed measure set options for reporting. In this column, we review how the base, performance, and bonus scores are calculated. The following information is directly excerpted from the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information Performance Category Fact Sheet.1

How is the base score calculated? Merit-based Incentive Program System (MIPS)–eligible clinicians need to fulfill the requirements of all the base score measures in order to receive the 50% base score. If these requirements are not met, they will get a “0” in the overall Advancing Care Information performance category score. In order to receive the 50% base score, MIPS-eligible clinicians must submit a “yes” for the security risk analysis measure and “at least a 1” in the numerator for the numerator/denominator of the remaining measures. In 2017, there are 2 measure set options for reporting:

  • Advancing Care Information objectives and measures
  • 2017 Advancing Care Information transition objectives and measures

The option you will use to send in data is based on your Certified Electronic Health Record Technology edition.

The base score Advancing Care Information measures are as follows:

  1. security risk analysis
  2. e-prescribing
  3. provide patient access
  4. send a summary of care
  5. request/accept summary of care

The base score 2017 Advancing Care Information transition measures are as follows:

  1. security risk analysis
  2. e-prescribing
  3. provide patient access
  4. health information exchange

To read the full article in “Advances in Skin & Wound Care” by Cathy Thomas Hess, click here.

Read previous articles in “Advances in Skin & Wound Care” by Cathy Thomas Hess in the link.

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Cathy is Chief Clinical Officer for WoundExpert® and Vice President at Net Health, and in addition to being the MIPS Clinical Consultant for WoundExpert. She gained over 30 years of expertise in various acute care, long-term care, sub-acute care facilities, home-health agencies, and outpatient wound care department settings. Cathy is the author of Clinical Guide to Skin and Wound Care (also translated into Italian and Portuguese) – Eighth Edition published in September of 2018.

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