Introducing the MACRA TIP of the Week: Quick Facts To Help You Succeed; New Resources Added to the ASCRS•ASOA Online MACRA Center

Last week, ASCRS•ASOA is debuting a new feature, the MACRA Tip of the Week. We’re assembling our best ideas about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) on a Top Tips page of our MACRA Center website and featuring new tips each week in Washington Watch Weekly. These tips are designed to help our members understand the programs created under MACRA and how to succeed.

This week’s tip: You Do Not Need an EHR to Participate in MIPS.

MIPS includes the Advancing Care Information Category (ACI), which requires the use of certified EHR technology. However, since MIPS scores are a weighted sum of all the categories, not completing one of the categories will not result in a total failure for the program. For the first year (2017 reporting), ACI is weighted at 25% of the overall score. If you do not have an EHR, and do not complete ACI, your score will be no higher than a total of 75 points, but you still have the opportunity to achieve additional points through the remaining categories. Most importantly, for the first year, just reporting one quality measure on one patient without having to meet the patient thresholds or measure benchmarks or reporting one improvement activity will ensure you avoid a penalty entirely. The quality measure may be reported via claims or registry, thereby eliminating the need to use an EHR for the first year. The improvement activity will be through attestation.

We’ll continue to update these tips throughout the year. If you have a great tip, please share it with us! Email Allison Madson, manager of regulatory affairs, at, to contribute your tips.

MIPS APM Scoring for Track 1 ACOs

Also new this week, we have posted a guide to assist participants in Medicare Shared Savings Track 1 ACOs to understand their requirements and scoring as a MIPS APM. Download the guide for full details.

During this two-day intensive event, ASCRS•ASOA Director of Government Relations Nancey McCann will lead a comprehensive program devoted entirely to MACRA—what it is and what practices need to know and do in 2017.

ASOA on Tour was developed to provide practice management staff with convenient, alternative opportunities for face-to-face education, while still providing the quality level of programming ASOA is known for.