CME for MIPS: How to Support Your Clinician Learners' Participation in the Quality Payment Program

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (06/18/18) Jovic, Megan Peters

Many physicians and accredited providers are exploring ways to fulfill new payment reform policies under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program, which was introduced last year. With accredited providers now in the middle of 2018 Performance Year for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) offers several points for supporting learners and organizational stakeholders as they deal with payment reform. These include employing CME improvement activities to help clinicians fulfill MIPS expectations that provide financial incentives for engaging in quality, using CME to support organizational change and keeping in mind that quality improvement is CME. To that end, ACCME suggests working with individuals in the organization who are in charge of monitoring and reporting CMS performance and quality measures, noting that "at a minimum, those data can inform the gaps and educational needs of your interventions and measure the impact of your educational efforts." Another point is that CME for MIPS can help ease clinicians' administrative burden. ACCME notes, "Consider engaging with your clinicians and organizational leaders to communicate specific ways that your CME Program can simplify professional requirements and reduce administrative burden — from quality improvement to MIPS to Maintenance of Certification/Continuing Certification."

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