The MIPS performance period ended Dec. 31, 2017, with EPs selecting participation levels.

MIPS attestation deadline extended to April 3

Excerpted from page 47 of the March 2018 edition of AOA Focus.
Edited on March 29, 2018 for web

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS') Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period ended Dec. 31, 2017, with eligible providers (EPs) able to select their participation level in 2017-test, full or partial. While that participation level determined their eligibility for a performance bonus, all EPs still face the possibility of a payment penalty.

Regardless of when providers chose to start their 2017 performance period, that data comes due to CMS on April 3. This 2017 performance data will determine whether EPs' 2019 Medicare payments will be adjusted up or down (as much as 4 percent), or not at all.

In fall 2017, the AOA provided MIPS-eligible doctors of optometry guidance for how to meet CMS' performance bar-namely, reporting either one Clinical Practice Improvement Activity (CPIA) or one Quality Measure for one patient during the 2017 performance year. In both cases, for some doctors on certain electronic health records (EHRs), AOA MORE (Measures and Outcomes Registry for Eyecare) offered doctors of optometry a leg up in reporting such data.

How to report performance data

If doctors' EHR is integrated with AOA MORE, then enrolling with AOA MORE will allow for automatic reporting to CMS when the doctor gives AOA authorization to submit data on the doctor's behalf.

For step-by-step guidance, click here.

Even if doctors' EHR isn't currently compatible with AOA MORE, doctors can earn bonus points toward MIPS' Advancing Care Information (ACI) score by enrolling in AOA MORE.

In January, the CMS launched a new data submission portal for EPs participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Doctors may submit all 2017 MIPS data through one platform on the website, anytime through April 3 (with exception of CMS web interface users who must report quality data by March 16).

To log in and submit data, doctors must use their Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) credentials. This account provides CMS customers with a single user identification to access CMS systems and will connect each user with their practice's Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Once connected, CMS says doctors will be able to report data for the practice as a group or for individual doctors within the practice.

Not sure of your QPP participation status, or looking for more information about the data submission process? Click here and enter your National Provider Identifier number to confirm.


Contact the QPP at, or call 866.288.8292.

March 29, 2018

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