Go to qpp.cms.gov to check your participation status in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) this year, reports Healio.

According to CMS’ website, to be considered for a positive payment adjustment through MIPS in 2019, eligible physicians must send in 2017 data by March 31, 2018; physicians who don’t send in any 2017 data receive a negative 4% payment adjustment.

MIPS is a Quality Payment Program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. MACRA, which replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, and was touted as changing how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of care when HHS finalized the act last fall.

At the time of MACRA’s finalization, AAFP president John Meigs Jr stated, in part, that he was “pleased practices with low volumes of Medicare Part B patients are excluded in the first year and that family physicians will be able to move toward full participation without suffering penalties that will slow their progress” but said more work had to be done.

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