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— Dr. Shunian He, MD, Dr. He's Primary Care for Adults


MACRA & MIPS Resources

Amazing Charts is currently certified for Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2017 reporting, and our team is gearing up to support our customers who are participating in MACRA. We are updating our technology options for the certification required for 2018 MIPS reporting, which will be available in next year . 

Please check back frequently for announcements on our progress and the most recent MIPS/MACRA news and information!


 Join us for Part 4 of our MACRA/MIPS Webinar Series:
Wednesday, April 12 | 2:00 pm (EST) on Improvement Activities in 2017


MIPS Timeline 2017-2019

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MACRA and MIPS Basics

What is MACRA, the QPP and MIPS/Advanced APMs?

MACRA is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 aims to change how clinicians are paid: it ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula and implemented changes to pay clinicians based on quality, instead of volume, of care. MACRA created the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which CMS says will improve Medicare "by helping you focus on care quality and the one thing that matters most -- making patients healthier."

The QPP has two tracks you can choose to participate in: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Advanced Alternative Payment Model. 

Most of our Amazing Charts providers fall into the MIPS category. If you participate in an Advanced APM, through Medicare Part B you may earn an incentive payment. If you participate in MIPS, you earn a positive or negative performance-based payment adjustment.

MIPS scores providers based on four categories and uses those scores to determine payment payments. Those four categories are: 

  • Quality Measures (60% of total MIPS score)
  • Advancing Care Information (25% of total MIPS score)
  • Improvement Activities (15% of total MIPS score)
  • Cost/Resource Use (This category will not used in calculations for adjustments for 2017, but will be analyzed)

Clinician performance will be measured annually and will be made available to the public via CMS. MIPS payment adjustments will apply to Medicare Part B payments starting in 2019, based on 2017 performance reporting.

Prepare for MIPS

Want to avoid the 2019 penalty and nothing more? Follow the MIPS Test Path in 2017.

Checklist: We have put together a MACRA/MIPS Preparation Checklist to get you started.

Not sure how to report on quality measures via claims? Read this guide.

Questions and Answers: We will update our FAQ page throughout the year with answers to your common questions.

More from CMS: The CMS Quality Payment Program website is also a fantastic source if you have more questions or want to get in touch with their support staff.

MACRA/MIPS Webinar Series

Webinar 3: Advancing Care Information in 2017

In this webinar, Amazing Charts Product Manager Chris Conrad covers the basics of the Advancing Care Information category, how to track and complete the measures in Amazing Charts, what you would need to do for the three different paths (Test, Partial and Full) in 2017 for this category, and how the measures are scored and then submitted to CMS. 

View the webinar recording and download slides

Webinar 2: Quality Category: Reporting on and Scoring Quality Measures

In this webinar, Christine Tremblay, Director of Product Strategy for Amazing Charts, delves into the details of the Quality Category. She covers how the quality category works, how to submit measures, how those measures are scored, and how to use Amazing Charts to complete this part of the MIPS program. 

View the webinar recording and download slides

Webinar 1:Navigating MACRA/MIPS with Amazing Charts

In this webinar, Christine Tremblay, Director of Product Strategy for Amazing Charts, delves into an overview of the Medicare Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and how Amazing Charts is prepared to support you. We even help guide you to the best strategy for your specific practice.

View the webinar recording and download slides

CMS Hotline for MIPS

CMS has a telephone helpline for clinicians seeking assistance with the Quality Payment Program. Clinicians may contact the Quality Payment Program by calling 1-866-288-8292 from 8AM – 8PM EST or emailing qpp@cms.hhs.gov.

MACRA in the News


Click here for your weekly update on all things Quality Payment Program-related, written by Health IT blogger John Lynn. 

How to prepare for MIPS in 2017
published January 24, 2017

In this Amazing Charts blog post, we describe, in general terms, what you need to do to prepare for and report on MIPS in 2017.

Read here

Direct Primary Care & MACRA
published Dec 22, 2016

In this MedCity News article John Squire draws parallels between the stated goals of the new MACRA/MIPS legislation and the DPC movement.

Read here

How to Maximize your 2019 Reimbursement Today
published November 18, 2016

How can ambitious providers get a better-than-modest adjustment to Medicare Part B claims in 2019?  On which performance areas should they focus to maximize their bonuses?

Read the Blog


Medical Economics: Why Physicians May Want to Apply for the CPC+ Program
published August 15, 2016

Our Director of Product Strategy, Christine Tremblay, explains why CPC+ might be the best program for you. Read more.