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   RE: Required Programs
 From: Michael Barron
 To: Member Forum
 Posted: 10-22-2017 16:05

There should be a "Quality Improvement Organization" for your region that can help with this issue.  My understanding is that there is no cost for these services/advice; CMS is paying them to help us.  I would google the QIO phrase plus your state and see what you get.

Michael Barron MD

------Original Message------

Good morning,

I read the various posts in the forum regarding the government programs including MIPS and Macra. I am exempt from these two programs due to my practice size.

I still see Meaningful Use listed in various posts. I thought Meaningful Use had been replaced by MIPS and Macra?

I also saw PQRS discussed as assessing a penalty for those who do not meet the requirements. In my first year of practice I was unable to meet the requirements regarding patient portal usage. Most of my patients are elderly and do not use a computer or have dementia. Based upon this one measure, I was not allowed to submit my data for PQRS. I use Practice Fusion for my EMR. From what I understand this software reports for MIPS and Macra.

Could anyone give me a very brief listing of other similar government programs which I need to be reporting to in order to avoid a Medicare penalty? I do not accept Medicaid. It seems like there are numerous programs which I’m not aware of the reporting requirements.

Thank you,
Laurie Troup

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