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2020 MIPS Toolbox Quick-Start Guide
This Quick-Start Guide helps you get started in five easy steps on TMF's MIPS Toolbox, a free online application to help eligible clinicians manage their participation in the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/04/2020    Date Last Modified: Sep 4 2020 12:04PM  
2020 MIPS Toolbox User Guide
The TMF MIPS Toolbox is a free online application to help eligible clinicians manage their participation in the Quality Payment Program’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Here is a detailed instruction guide.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 09/04/2020    Date Last Modified: Sep 4 2020 2:32PM  
CMS News: Test Your QPP Website Access Before Network Security Update
To increase network security, a mandatory update will be applied to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) systems in fall 2020. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) encourages you to test your web browser and make any necessary updates to ensure your continued access to qpp.cms.gov.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/21/2020    Date Last Modified: Aug 21 2020 12:40PM  
2020 MIPS Score Calculation
This TMF document provides detailed information about how your final Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) score will be calculated in 2020.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/28/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 30 2020 2:31PM  
2020 MIPS Checklist
This checklist is a tool for eligible clinicians and staff to prepare for and submit data for the 2020 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/07/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 30 2020 2:34PM  
Why Do I Need a HARP Account?
Logging into the QPP Portal now requires HARP credentials. This Q&A explains how to get those credentials and log in.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/06/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 30 2020 2:34PM  
Find Your CMS Certified EHR ID for MIPS
Clinicians are required to use 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for the Promoting Interoperability category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) require clinicians to include their CMS CEHRT ID when reporting. Use this guide to find your number.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/23/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 23 2020 1:34PM  
Q&A: Public Health and Clinical Data Exchange Objective and Measures
This article guides practices in how to meet this measure in MIPS.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/11/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 11 2020 3:21PM  
Q&A: Alternative Payment Models and Accountable Care Organizations
This document reviews the common questions asked about APMs and ACOs.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 06/04/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 10 2020 10:14AM  
Telehealth Implementation and Workflow Tips During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The following telehealth information is based on regulations declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Jan. 31, 2020, and will be effective until the Secretary ends the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/22/2020    Date Last Modified: May 22 2020 4:05PM  
How to Convert a Cell Phone Number to Email
Typically patient portals require an email for a patient to create an account. If the patient or a family member does not have an email account to use for the patient portal, you can help them create one by converting their cellphone to an email address.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/15/2020    Date Last Modified: May 18 2020 11:08AM  
Deadline for Submitting a MIPS Data or Hardship Exception Application Ends on April 30, 2020
In addition to extending the data submission window, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has re-opened the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances (EU&C) exception application due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/14/2020    Date Last Modified: Jun 4 2020 9:54AM  
Q and A on Chronic Care Management
Chronic care management is a critical component of primary care that contributes to better outcomes and higher satisfaction for patients with two or more chronic conditions. Read this questions and answer document to learn more.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 18 2020 11:54AM  
Q and A on Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare would allow for expanded access to reimbursement for telehealth services as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. This expansion will help improve patient access to medical care, while minimizing requirements for patients to travel from their homes, and minimize burden on the overall health care system.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 04/02/2020    Date Last Modified: May 18 2020 11:54AM  
Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) and MIPS Reporting
This article explains how Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) activities apply to MIPS categories.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/27/2020    Date Last Modified: May 18 2020 11:24AM  
Q&A: MIPS Special Status and Hardships
This article explains MIPS Special Status and Hardship exceptions.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 03/27/2020    Date Last Modified: Jul 2 2020 10:46AM  
Facility-based Measures for Quality and Cost
Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible clinicians are eligible for facility-based measurement for a MIPS payment year if they are determined to be facility-based as an individual clinician or as part of a group. This article discusses eligibility and actions steps for using these measures to report MIPS.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/20/2020    Date Last Modified: Jan 20 2020 3:28PM  
What to Ask Your EHR Vendor about MIPS Reporting
Your electronic health record (EHR) system is an important tool in reporting your Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data. This article provides a list of questions to consider asking your vendor to ensure you have the support you need to report MIPS.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 01/07/2020    Date Last Modified: Jan 7 2020 7:29AM  
Security Risk Analysis
This article guides you through completing your Security Risk Analysis (SRA).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/09/2019    Date Last Modified: Dec 9 2019 12:25PM  
TMF MIPS Toolbox User Guide
The TMF MIPS Toolbox User Guide provides step-by-step guidance on how to use the Toolbox to prepare and report for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 12/02/2019    Date Last Modified: Feb 11 2020 9:00AM  
Reporting Checklist for MIPS
This Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting checklist will guide you through the data submission process. You should begin these steps as soon as possible, and before the end of the performance year.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/25/2019    Date Last Modified: Jan 16 2020 3:33PM  
Q&A: MIPS Special Status and Hardships
Even if you are an eligible clinician for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), you may qualify for a special status or hardship. This Q&A discusses questions regarding special status and hardships such as the electronic health record (EHR) exception.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/20/2019    Date Last Modified: May 18 2020 11:23AM  
The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit and MIPS Quality Measures
The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), including Personalized Prevention Plan Services (PPPS), is an excellent way to perform needed services and capture Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Quality measure data at the same time.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/20/2019    Date Last Modified: Nov 20 2019 8:38AM  
Q&A: Audit Readiness for MIPS
CMS makes available the criteria used to audit and validate measures and activities for the Quality, Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities categories of MIPS. This article will guide you through what information you should retain in case of an audit.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/20/2019    Date Last Modified: Nov 20 2019 7:47AM  
Q&A: Updating Your PECOS and NPPES Information
CMS draws information from PECOS and NPPES to supply participants’ information for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Based on information obtained from these systems, providers are tied to one or more tax identification numbers (TINs) for QPP eligibility and reporting, making accurate PECOS and NPPES data essential to having your information correct for QPP.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/19/2019    Date Last Modified: Nov 19 2019 10:40PM  
Q&A: Public Health Registries and Clinical Data Exchanges
The Public Health and Clinical Data Exchange objective and its related measures have proven to be quite a challenge to many clinicians and their practices. This objective is now required to fulfill the Promoting Interoperability category requirements. This article will guide practices in how to meet this measure in the upcoming data submission.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 11/19/2019    Date Last Modified: Nov 19 2019 10:36PM  
Q&A: MIPS Special Status and Hardships
Even if you are an eligible clinician for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), you may qualify for a special status or hardship. This Q&A discusses questions regarding special status and hardships such as the electronic health record (EHR) exception.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 10/27/2019    Date Last Modified: May 18 2020 11:23AM  
Q&A: Data Submission Methods for MIPS
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has provided the same data submission mechanisms since it began in 2017. The guidance regarding reporting with more than one submission method has changed this year, and this article addresses those changes.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 08/06/2019    Date Last Modified: Feb 11 2020 2:01PM  
Q&A: Finding Quality Measures Using Single Source Documents
The Quality category requirement for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is to report six measures, with one being an outcome measure, or a high-priority measure if no outcome measures are available. The Single Source documents are available for both claims measure reporting and MIPS clinical quality measures (CQMs) (or registry) reporting. These are very helpful resources when you are choosing measures you may be able to report.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 07/01/2019    Date Last Modified: Feb 10 2020 1:54PM  
Q&A: Updating and Using 2015 Edition CEHRT
In 2019, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requires 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to be used for reporting both the Promoting Interoperability and Quality categories. This article answers common questions about using and updating 2015 Edition CEHRT effectively.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/14/2019    Date Last Modified: May 14 2019 11:00AM  
Q&A: Hierarchical Condition Categories
Understanding Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) and their applicability to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is important as clinicians work to receive recognition for the care they deliver to patients with complex conditions. Beneficiaries with complex health conditions may take additional time and resources to achieve positive health outcomes, and HCC helps recognize the complexity of that care.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/13/2019    Date Last Modified: Jun 10 2020 10:15AM  
Q&A: Coding for Quality and Cost
Coding encompasses more than just the claim codes used for reimbursement and quality data submission. This article addresses common questions regarding the use of coding for all collection methods for the Quality and Cost categories of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 05/13/2019    Date Last Modified: Jun 9 2020 12:41PM  
Q&A: MIPS for Newly Eligible Clinician Types
In 2019, seven new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible clinician types were added: physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, clinical psychologist, and registered dietitian or nutritional professional. This Q&A article covers common questions from newly eligible clinician types.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/25/2019    Date Last Modified: Feb 25 2019 6:00AM  
Q&A: Promoting Interoperability Category
The Promoting Interoperability (PI) category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) promotes patient engagement and the electronic exchange of information using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has modified the PI category in 2019. This Q&A article answers frequently asked questions about PI.
Adobe PDF    Date Added: 02/20/2019    Date Last Modified: Feb 20 2019 5:00AM