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MN Community Measurement Seeks to Become Qualified CMS Registry to Assist with Clinic MACRA Medicare Quality Payment Program Needs

MN Community Measurement (MNCM) is in the process of becoming a CMS qualified registry so that clinics currently submitting data to MNCM on existing MNCM measures can meet their Federal needs to submit results for at least six quality measures* for 2017 performance period for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MNCM has several measures that are NQF endorsed and currently used in Federal programs such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

Three of the MNCM depression measures and the asthma measure are in MIPS. The components of the diabetes (AIC component) and vascular (aspirin component) measures as well as the colorectal cancer screening measure are also included in MIPS and can be calculated from data currently submitted to the MNCM Data Portal. Other MNCM NFQ endorsed measures are also in the process of being evaluated for MIPS eligibility for Minnesota providers. Much of the work done by the Minnesota community on patient reported outcome measures, such as in depression or post procedural change in function, will become increasingly more important in MIPS. MNCM will be providing more information throughout the first quarter of 2017. Stay tuned!

* The minimum number of measures required in 2017 is six and includes two outcome measures.