MIPS 2020 Promoting Interoperability

Emily Wolfston, In-Practice Technology Healthcare Consulting

The MIPS Promoting Interoperability (PI) category promotes patient engagement and electronic exchange of information using certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). The MIPS Promoting Interoperability category aims to improve patient access to their health information, the exchange of information between providers and pharmacies, and the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of healthcare data.

What Are The New Guidelines For MIPS Promoting Interoperability?

For 2020, the MIPS PI performance category:

  • Is worth 25 percent of your MIPS final score (or 30 percent for clinicians scored under the APM scoring standard);
  • Has a minimum performance period of 90 continuous days between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020; and
  • Requires the use of 2015 Edition CEHRT (Check your EHR edition and your EHR’s CMS Identification code from the Certified Health IT Product List here: https://chpl.healthit.gov/#/search) to ensure your EHR meets MIPS 2020 Promoting Interoperability.

MIPS Promoting Interoperability Requirements

  • Participants are required to use 2015 edition CEHRT
  • Must report on the six required measures during a continuous 90-day period (within the 2020 calendar year) in the following four objectives:
    – Electronic Prescribing
    – Health Information Exchange
    – Provider to Patient Exchange
    – Public Health and Clinical Data Exchange
  • Submit a “yes” to the Prevention of Information Blocking Attestation
  • Submit a “yes” to the ONC Direct Review Attestation
  • Submit a “yes” for the Security Risk Analysis measure

Maximizing Your MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance

Educating your staff is key to maximizing your MIPS promoting interoperability performance. Your staff should understand each of the required promoting interoperability measures and how your electronic health record (EHR) relates to those measures. Proper documentation is required for your EHR to reflect the correct data for each measure. It is also extremely important to work with your vendor to ensure your system is 2015 certified. Your EHR vendor may offer online learning and training sessions to help ensure you establish proper workflow to meet the required standards and objectives, as well as, system optimization. Also, knowing how to correctly run reports can help identify gaps and areas that need improvement. Make sure to run reports regularly throughout the year to allow enough time for changes to improve performance. Some changes may require new workflows and additional provider and staff training. If you are looking for additional support or guidance on the MIPS program – please reach out to our MIPS Consultants.

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