Earn Improvement Activity Credits With R-SCAN
Radiologists and collaborating referring clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) component of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can earn seven medium-weight Improvement Activity (IA) credits for completing an R-SCAN™ project in 2017.
Under MIPS, non-patient-facing physicians (i.e., most radiologists) are required to earn two medium-weighted IAs, and patient-facing clinicians are required to earn up to four IAs. By completing one R-SCAN project together, both radiologists and referring clinicians can meet all of their IA requirements to achieve MIPS credit.
“R-SCAN participation not only fulfills annual IA requirements, but also demonstrates the impact radiologists can have on management of patient care and the utilization of health care resources, which will be essential under advanced payment models,” says Gregory N. Nicola, MD, FACR, Chair of the ACR MACRA Committee.
The categories that clinicians can attest to upon R-SCAN project completion are listed below. Practices will need to attest that they carried out a project for at least 90 consecutive days during the current performance period and can start a project anytime between January 1 and October 2.
Instructions for Claiming MIPS Credit
Many of you may be registered to submit MIPS data using ACR’s Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR). If so, you can follow these steps to attest to your R-SCAN Improvement Activities:
- Login to https://nrdr.acr.org
- Navigate to “MIPS Measure Participation” and then “Data Collection and Reports”
- Click the “Improvement Activities” tab
- Follow the instructions on this page to attest to activities on either the group or individual physician level
If you are not using the NRDR QCDR to submit MIPS data, you will need either to attest to the Improvement Activities using your registry of choice, or to attest to the activities using the CMS Improvement Activity interface which should be available in early 2018. Keep an eye out on https://qpp.cms.gov for more information if this applies to you.
R-SCAN Participation Improvement Activity Subcategories
All Improvement Activities (IA) are medium weight and are listed below by activity ID and subcategory name and IA title. For the full description of each IA, visit the Quality Payment Program website here.
IA_BE_12 Beneficiary Engagement
Use evidence-based decision aids to support shared decision making
IA_CC_7 Care Coordination
Regular training in care coordination
IA_PSPA_16 Patient Safety & Practice Assessment
Use of decision support and standardized treatment protocols
IA_PSPA_17 Patient Safety & Practice Assessment
Implementation of analytic capabilities to manage total cost of care for practice population
IA_PSPA_2 Patient Safety & Practice Assessment
Participation in MOC Part IV
IA_PSPA_18 Patient Safety & Practice Assessment
Measurement and improvement at the practice and panel level
IA_PSPA_19 Patient Safety & Practice Assessment
Implementation of formal quality improvement methods, practice changes or other practice improvement processes