Guaranteed 40 MIPS Points on Interoperability

By Lisa Rawlins on Feb 25, 2021 /

Get ready to increase your income via the MIPS interoperability bucket – it’s as easy as one, two, three!  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced the changes to the 2021 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), specifically in the category Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Measure 2021 Performance Period, introducing changes that require the implementation of an EHR.

Fortunately, Centralis operates an EHR-neutral cloud-based electronic data exchange service that works for everyone! Late last year, Centralis Health (formerly known as HIE Networks) was the first vendor/service provider to join the national eHealth Exchange. This allows the medical providers served by the company to join the eHealth Exchange at a much lower cost than if they joined directly. By joining Centralis Health, you’ll meet the newly defined standards in the MIPS Interoperability bucket.

The Health Information Exchange Measure, known as PI_HIE5, specifies that the MIPS-eligible clinician or group must attest that they engage in a bi-directional exchange with an HIE to support transitions of care. In working with your Certified E HR vendor, the reporting requirements mandate that the MIPS-eligible clinician simply must attest YES or TRUE to the following:

  1. I participate in an HIE in order to enable secure, bi-directional exchange to occur for every patient encounter, transition or referral, and record stored or maintained in the EHR during the performance period in accordance with applicable law and policy.
  2. The HIE that I participate in is capable of exchanging information across a broad network of unaffiliated exchange partners including those using disparate EHRs, and does not engage in exclusionary behavior when determining exchange partners.
  3. I use the functions of CEHRT (certified E HR) to support bi-directional exchange with an HIE.

What all this means for you, as a Centralis Health participant, is that HIE Interoperability requires very little effort. Contact our office and we’ll help walk you through the process of connecting to the national eHealth Exchange. The national eHealth Exchange is recognized as a bi-directional exchange, exchanging information across a broad network of unaffiliated exchange partners including those using disparate EHRs, and does not engage in exclusionary behavior when determining exchange partners.

For medical providers not yet on our system, let us help you connect to us via your certified electronic health record and then to the national eHealth Exchange. Unlike many other organizations, Centralis Health can accomplish this transition in weeks not months, with very little disruption to your existing workflows. Even if you’re faxing your patient referral information, we can digitize that process for you, allowing you to onboard into the national eHealth Exchange via Centralis Health’s local health exchange.

That’s what makes it as easy as one, two, three!