Over the last two weeks, we've shown you how to select quality measures. Now that you've decided which measures to collect data for, it's time to start reporting! If you have reported PQRS in the past, the process will be similar with a few major changes. Eligible clinicians who are new to reporting may want to first check out our article on the basics of quality measures prior to understanding how to completely report a quality measure.
Data Completeness Threshold
Like PQRS, the data completeness threshold for each quality measure is 50% of all eligible instances. However, unlike PQRS, all payers must be included (instead of just Medicare Part B) and the reporting period can be anywhere between 90 consecutive days and a full year.
What exactly does 50% of all eligible instances mean?
With all the terminology surrounding CMS's Quality Payment Program, it can be hard to track the meaning of program vocabulary. The guide below walks you through what an eligible instance is, and how to determine what 50% of your eligible instances would be.
Getting Credit for Your Completed Quality Measures
Reporting More Than One MIPS Performance Category
Although meeting the data completeness threshold of 50% of all eligible instances is sufficient for complete reporting in the Quality Performance Category, you will not receive more than 3% towards your MIPS final score (out of the possible 60% for Quality) unless you also successfully report either Advancing Care Information or Improvement Activities.
CMS explains their logic behind this choice by explaining that they believe reporting the completion of an Improvement Activity is achievable for any practice. Improvement Activities are comparatively easier to complete, only require an attestation and documentation of completion in case of audit. We've previously written a guide to selecting Improvement Activities.
Understanding Quality Measure Scoring
Much like in the Value-Based Modifier Program, quality measures will be scored and assessed based on peer benchmarking from a prior performance period. At minimum, each measure will receive 3 out of the possible 10 points. If you wish to receive a maximized score for your efforts, be sure to chose measures with achievable performance benchmarks.
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