The Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) mandated that the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program come to an end on December 31, 2016. One of the new payment mechanisms for Medicare established by MACRA is the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Under the primary reporting method of MIPS, an eligible provider is not required to report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that medication, laboratory, and diagnostic imaging orders are being entered by credentialed medical assistants or licensed health care professionals.
CMS, however, offers eligible providers an alternate reporting method under MIPS. Under this method, providers are permitted to report on optional measures, such as computerized provide order entry (CPOE).
This issue will be addressed in greater detail in the upcoming January/February 2017 issue of CMA Today. In the meantime, all past Public Affairs articles by CEO Balasa can be found on the AAMA website.