CMS Opens Hardship Application Process under Quality Payment Program for CEHRT

Under CMS' Quality Payment Program, practices and their eligible clinicians are required to use certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).  That requirement will give practices a positive score under the Advancing Care Information performance category when reporting MIPS.  If a practice lacks the certified program, they can ask for a hardship under one of three conditions:
  • Insufficient Internet Connectivity
  • Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances
  • Lack of Control over the availability of CEHRT
If a practice or eligible clinician gets their hardship application approved, the Advancing Care Information category will be reweighted. If the application is not submitted or approved, practices will have to report under that category and potentially receive a "0" score for the category.  Approved applications will have the ACI category reweighted to 0 and the points will go to the Quality category.

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Understanding the QRUR for Your Practice

What is a QRUR?

The Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR) is a document from CMS that provides feedback about your practice's resources used (cost) and quality of care provided by physicians and group practices to Medicare patients. The reports will provide comparative performance data that practices can use to help make adjustments in their practice processes, or course-correct, to help improve care or create more efficiencies in practice.
 
Some of the information in the annual QRUR was used by CMS to calculate the physician value-based payment modifier (VM).
 
Typically, mid-year QRURs are released by CMS in the spring of the following year (example: mid-year QRURs for 2016 were released in spring 2017). The final or annual QRUR is released in the fall of the following year (example: annual QRURs for 2016 will be released in fall 2017).
 
Information regarding how to obtain your QRUR is available here.

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