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“One of my nurses just said she wants to 'marry' Amazing Charts.”
— Peter Sundwall Jr., MD, Family Medicine
Many providers using Amazing Charts are wondering what should they do to prepare for MIPS in 2017. First, rest easy with the knowledge that your EHR is already prepared for MIPS.
Amazing Charts has been 2014 certified since 2014, which means you can use it today for all MIPS reporting in 2017. You’ll report slightly different advancing care information measures than a provider using a 2015 certified EHR, but that’s the only difference.
We recommend clinicians upgrade to the newly released Version 9.3, which includes a multitude of new features we think you’ll enjoy.
Our 2015 certified version of Amazing Charts, Version 10, is expected in late Q4 2017. You must be on a 2015 certified version in 2018.
The real challenge is deciding what path you want to follow: (1) Test, (2) Partial, or (3) Full. The path you follow determines the number of points you can get and, ultimately, the payment adjustment you’ll earn.
For Quality, you can wait for Amazing Charts Version 10, which will allow for calculation of quality measures, or you can consider using a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) or other registry to calculate measures if you want to earn the most points possible in 2017; Clinicians should research what QCDR/registry their professional organization suggests they use.
You will not be able to use the Meaningful Use Wizard in 2017 for tracking quality measures; you also aren’t able to attest to your quality measures numbers on the CMS website like you did in Meaningful Use. Instead, you’ll need to submit your information via claims, a QCDR, or a registry.
For Advancing Care Information, clinicians should familiarize themselves with the “new” measures for MIPS. Hint: They’re all old MU measures, but easier. There’s no more required thresholds to “pass” a measure.
Be sure you know how many measures you have to report on. If you’re doing the “Test” path with Amazing Charts 2014 edition software, you have to report on the four base measures over any time period and you only have to get one in the numerator, and attest “yes” to the security risk audit.
Meanwhile, if you’re doing the “Partial” or “Full” path, you need to report on all four base measures, and track your performance on the performance measures; performance measures earn you more points the higher the percentages you get. CMS will be creating an attestation website for you to submit data, but you can also submit data via a registry or QCDR if they offer it.
For Improvement Activities, review the improvement activities on the QPP website to see how to best use Amazing Charts to accomplish one of them. You’ll earn extra points for using an EHR to complete an improvement activity. But even if you don’t use Amazing Charts to complete the activity, you’ll still get credit for it, just no bonus points.
Don’t forget, if you’re a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), you get credit for the Improvement Activities category automatically; if you’re a small practice, you also get a break in terms of the number of activities you have to attest to. CMS will be creating an attestation website for you to submit data, but you can also submit data via a registry or QCDR if they offer it.