Check out this article about small businesses and how they can benefit from an exemption from EHR requirements!nnMore small practices may qualify for exclusions from the Quality Payment Program (QPP), claim hardship exceptions from electronic health record (EHR) requirements, and earn automatic bonus points if the proposed QPP rule released June 20 is finalized.nnThe Centers for Medicare & Medicad Services has proposed increasing two low-volume thresholds that would grant additional exclusions in 2018:n
- Practices that bill less than $90,000 in Part B charges.
- Practices that see fewer than 200 Medicare patients.
nThese practices would be exempt from QPP requirements in 2018. Those figures are up from $30,000 in Part B charges and 100 Medicare patients in 2017.nnSmall practices, defined as having 15 or fewer eligible clinicians, also could add five points to their total performance scores in the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) “as long as the eligible clinician or group submits data on at least one performance category in the applicable performance period.” That would get them closer to the proposed 15-point performance threshold. Eligible providers that don’t fit within those categories would have to meet these QPP requirements to avoid a 5% cut, or potentially earn a 5% bonus in 2020, according to the proposed rule.n