Excerpted from MIPS—What’s New in 2020 for Ophthalmology (EyeNet, January 2020). Also see MIPS 2020: A Primer and Reference, which is being posted online ahead of print.
Promoting interoperability (PI) is MIPS’ EHR-based performance category. Much about PI stays the same in 2020, including the 90-day performance period—but there have been some changes, including the following.
An opioid-related measure is removed. For 2020, CMS is removing the Verify Opioid Treatment Agreement measure, but it is retaining the Query of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) measure, which continues to be an optional measure that can earn clinicians bonus points. In a change that is retroactive to 2019, you no longer need to report a numerator and denominator for the PDMP measure; instead, report a “yes” or “no.”
Health Information Exchange (HIE) measures. In another development that is retroactive to 2019, if you claim an exclusion for the Support Electronic Referrals Loops by Sending Health Information measure, the points for that measure will be reassigned to the Provide Patients Electronic Access to Their Health Information measure. Also retroactive to 2019, in an attempt to clean up some confusing language, CMS rewrote the exclusion description of the second HIE measure, Support Electronic Referrals Loops by Receiving and Incorporating Health Information.
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