Repackage Your CME Programs for MIPS Compliance

Policy and Medicine (09/17/2019) Sullivan, Thomas

An interactive working session presented at the 17th Annual Independent Medical Education and Grants Summit mapped out a strategy for repackaging continuing medical education (CME) programs to comply with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). When planning a CME for MIPS Improvement Activity, the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning's Amanda Kaczerski recommended addressing quality or safety gaps with support from a needs assessment or problem analysis, or backing completion of an assessment as part of the activity. She also described the activity as requiring specific, quantifiable goals for improvement, with interventions designed to lead to improvement. The CME provider also must define meaningful clinician participation in the activity, detail the mechanism for identifying clinicians who fulfill the requirements, and supply participant completion information. Rockpointe's Terry Glauser, MD, described a worksheet from Rockpointe for developing CME improvement activities that adhere to Quality Payment Program criteria, and noted participating clinicians must disclose MIPS activity to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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