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MACRA Monday: Documenting current medications


 

If you haven’t started reporting quality data for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), there’s still time to avoid a 4% cut to your Medicare payments.

Under the Pick Your Pace approach being offered this year, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allows clinicians to test the system by reporting on one quality measure for one patient through paper-based claims. Be sure to append a Quality Data Code (QDC) to the claim form for care provided up to Dec. 31, 2017, in order to avoid a penalty in payment year 2019.

Consider this measure:
 

Measure #130: Documentation of Current Medications in the Medical Record

This measure is aimed at capturing the percentage of patients aged 18 years and older who had their current medications documented in the medical record, including nonprescription drugs, vitamins, and supplements.

What you need to do: Review and update the patient’s list of current medications, being sure to document all known prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbals, and vitamin/mineral/dietary supplements. This list must include the name, dosages, frequency, and route of administration for each drug.

Eligible cases include patients aged 18 years and older on the date of the encounter and a patient encounter during the performance period. Applicable codes include (CPT or HCPCS): 90791, 90792, 90832, 90834, 90837, 90839, 92002, 92004, 92012, 92014, 92507, 92508, 92526, 92537, 92538, 92540, 92541, 92542, 92544, 92545, 92547, 92548, 92550, 92557, 92567, 92568, 92570, 92585, 92588, 92626, 96116, 96150, 96151, 96152, 97161, 97162, 97163, 97164, 97165, 97166, 97167, 97168, 97532, 97802, 97803, 97804, 98960, 98961, 98962, 99201, 99202, 99203, 99204, 99205, 99212, 99213, 99214, 99215, 99221, 99222, 99223, 99324, 99325, 99326, 99327, 99328, 99334, 99335, 99336, 99337, 99341, 99342, 99343, 99344, 99345, 99347, 99348, 99349, 99350, 99495, 99496, G0101, G0108, G0270, G0402, G0438, G0439.

To get credit under MIPS, be sure to include a QDC that shows that you successfully performed the measure or had a good reason for not doing so. For instance, G8427 indicates that the patient’s medical record was updated with the current medications. Use exception code G8430 if you documented in the medical record that the patient is not eligible for a current list of medications being obtained and reviewed.

CMS has a full list of measures available for claims-based reporting at qpp.cms.gov. The American Medical Association has also created a step-by-step guide for reporting on one quality measure.

Certain clinicians are exempt from reporting and do not face a penalty under MIPS:

  • Those who enrolled in Medicare for the first time during a performance period.
  • Those who have Medicare Part B allowed charges of $30,000 or less.
  • Those who have 100 or fewer Medicare Part B patients.
  • Those who are significantly participating in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM).

 

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