Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has been on a gradual incline toward requiring full participation by eligible providers. During its transition stage, reporting for the first year (2017) allowed providers the option to report as partial, full, minimum or not at all, with varying degrees of penalties and incentives across all three reporting components: quality, improvement activities (IA) and advancing care information (ACI). As MIPS transitions to its second year (2018), providers will be required to submit full-year participation for the quality component.
A New Component
In addition to other changes being implemented by the CMS, a fourth component, cost, has now been added to the equation. Therefore, the ACR is recommending that all providers begin entering their information into the Rheumatology Informatics System for Effectiveness (RISE) Registry, a qualified clinical data registry, early. Those who have already registered for RISE can enter their patient information as early as Jan. 1, 2018. If you have not already registered, we encourage you to visit the website for more information, and/or join RISE today. ACR/ARHP members can join RISE for free.
ACR Director of Registry Operations Ryan Larosa announced the launch of RISE support and demo calls, geared toward providers who have questions about RISE, their practice and MIPS. Each call will begin with the latest news from the CMS and how it will affect your reporting. At the conclusion of the overview and demo, the call will be opened for questions and answers. It is the hopes of the ACR registry team that this process will alleviate the difficulties that can arise in the process, as well as bridge the gap between provider and registry. Information on the calls will be posted on the ACR website and are expected to begin in January.
For more information, contact the ACR registry team at RISE@rheumatology.org