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There is Still Time to Submit Data for 2017 MIPS Performance Period 
Do you know how much money you will lose if you don't report your MIPS data?

The deadline is fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period to CMS. Eligible clinicians must submit before March 31, 2018 to avoid the negative payment adjustment for each claim beginning January 1, 2019.

Act now and get assistance at no cost to you by calling 1-844-205-5540 or emailing TechAssist@qsource.org Don't wait until the last minute to submit your data.

Free Quality Payment Program Navigator Tool Available
Receive Full Credit in 2018 for MIPS Improvement Activity Category 
New Tutorial Video on Hospital-Specific Reports
MIPS test data submission is easy, intuitive and you have access to free assistance. There is no reason to accept a 4 percent decrease in Medicare reimbursement in 2019. 

Using the QPP Navigator, you can enter your practice information and fill in the numbers for just one measure

The tool has everything you need to avoid the MIPS pay cuts and is provided at no charge. It 
is secure, risk free, and provides 24- hour friendly support. 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a study to examine clinical workflows and data collection methods, understand the challenges clinicians face reporting quality data, and to make future recommendations 
to enhance clinical care.

Clinicians who participate successfully  in the study will receive full credit for the 2018 MIPS Improvement Activities performance category. 
Applications will be accepted through March 23, 2018.
Hospital-Specific Reports or HSRs provide hospitals with detailed information on measure performance, including important information on which patients are included in their measures. These reports can be helpful in efforts to improve care at hospitals. 

It is important for hospitals to be able to navigate and understand each field of the HSR. A tutorial video has been developed to help explain the measures, track outcomes, and further quality improvement efforts.
Technical Assistance from atom Alliance
Featured Video
Technical Assistance for Quality Payment Program 
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Tell CMS About Your MIPS Reporting Experience
CMS is seeking MIPS eligible clinicians who are interested in volunteering to participate in a study on the amount of time needed to submit their 2017 MIPS performance data to the Quality Payment Program. The goal is to use clinician feedback to improve the data submission experience and identify ways to reduce paperwork burdens. Candidates will document their experience and time spent on qpp.cms.gov via an online diary.
 
Interested candidates should email  qppsurs@impaqint.com by March 14, 2018 at 5 p.m. 
Featured On-Demand Learning
MIPS: A Deeper Dive into Improvement Activities

Watch an overview of the Merit-Based Improvement System (MIPS) and learn how to satisfy MIPS requirements for the Improvement Activities category through existing cardiac or other initiatives to improve patient care.



It's Not Too Late to Vaccinate!
CDC reported that as of February 24, influenza activity decreased in the U.S., although it is still widespread. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 5.0 percent, which is above the national baseline of 2.2 percent. 

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. If you don't provide flu vaccines in your clinic, please recommend it to your patients and refer them to a clinic or pharmacy where they can get it .

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This material was prepared by atom Alliance, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), coordinated by Qsource for Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and Alabama under a contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Content does not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 18.A1.01.003