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February 5, 2019

Meeting 2018 QPP MIPS requirements through Improvement Activity attestation

Among the 112 CMS-approved Improvement Activities (IAs) available to eligible clinicians (EC), there are many you may already be doing in your everyday practice.

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If you completed IAs for the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) program year, you can claim credit through the HCQIS Access Roles and Profile (HARP) system

To earn full credit in this category, participants must submit one of the following combinations of activities (each activity must be performed for 90 days or more during 2018).

    • Two high-weighted activities 
    • One high-weighted activity and two medium-weighted activities
    • At least four medium-weighted activities

Within the IA category, if 40 points are earned, these 40 points are equal to 15 QPP points, which will qualify an EC for a neutral payment adjustment in QPP payment year 2020 for data submitted for 2018.

Attesting to an IA such as the AGA Clinical Guidelines App, if performed for at least 90 days in 2018, can help you partially meet your 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements. You can download the App in iTunes or Android.

You may be able to claim additional IA credits, such as the example described in the “2018 Reporting” section of the AGA QPP web page.

If you are MIPS-eligible and participated in one of the combinations of qualified IAs above for at least 90 days in 2018 and report them to CMS by April 2, 2019, you still can avoid a 2020 MIPS payment penalty.

For more information, contact the QPP Improvement Activities Requirements.

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