MIPS: How to Earn Bonus Points in the Promoting Interoperability Category


Practices may have the opportunity to secure bonus points in the Promoting Interoperability category with Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting as long as your practice is using e-prescribing for controlled substances and your electronic health record (EHR) vendor is able to track the measures.

Clinicians, groups and virtual groups can earn five bonus points each for the submission of these optional measures:
  • Verify Opioid Treatment Agreement
  • Query of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

For each of these bonus opportunities, practices or eligible clinicians will have to report a full numerator and denominator for the measure, but a numerator of at least one will earn the full bonus point.

The bonus points for addressing the Verify Opioid Treatment Agreement reads as follows: For at least one unique patient for whom a Schedule II opioid was electronically prescribed by the MIPS-eligible clinician using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) during the performance period, if the total duration of the patient’s Schedule II opioid prescriptions is at least 30 cumulative days within a six-month look-back period, the MIPS-eligible clinician seeks to identify the existence of a signed opioid treatment agreement and incorporates it into the patient’s electronic health record using CEHRT.

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