Mid-Week MACRA Minute – Virtual Groups for 2018 MIPS Participation

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Virtual Groups for 2018 MIPS participation

What is a Virtual Group?

Virtual Groups is a new participation option for year 2. (**NOTE this is only for 2018 MIPS participation) A virtual group consists of 2 or more TINs including solo providers or groups of 10 or less ECs who work together, no matter specialty or location, to participate in MIPS.

virtual groups will benefit small and rural practices to help them achieve the goals of MACRA by coming together to share financial risk and working towards a shared goal. Virtual Groups delivery system offers joint accountability, providing the ability to improve the cost, quality and experience of care.

To form a virtual group for 2018, solo practitioners and groups would need to engage in an election process. For the 2018 MIPS performance period, the election period for virtual groups to make an election is from October 11, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

 

How do I form a Virtual Group?

There is a two-stage election process for virtual groups. Download the Virtual Groups Toolkit to find detailed instructions from CMS: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/2018-Virtual-Groups-Toolkit.zip

 

If you have questions about MIPS, contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292 (TTY) M-F 8:00am – 8:00pm EST or email qpp@cms.hhs.gov.

 

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