Sign up for 2017 CMS Study to Receive Clinical Practice Improvement Activities Credit

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January 3, 2017

Apply for the Clinical Practice Improvement Activities and Measurement Study by January 31.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) Study, as outlined in the MACRA final rule. Applications for this study will be accepted from January 1 - 31, 2017.

Clinicians and groups who are eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that participate successfully in the study will receive full credit for the Improvement Activities performance category.

CMS is leading this study to:

  • Examine clinical workflows and data collection methods using different submission systems;
  • Understand the challenges clinicians face when collecting and reporting quality data; and
  • Make future recommendations for changes that will attempt to eliminate clinician burden, improve quality data collection and reporting, and enhance clinical care.

Who Should Apply

The following clinicians are encouraged to apply:

  • MIPS-eligible clinicians and groups
  • Clinicians or groups that collect and submit quality measurement data to CMS

Study Requirements

Study participants will have to meet the following requirements between January and December 2017:

  • Complete at least three survey questionnaires throughout the course of the study.
  • Participate in at least three focus groups.
  • Submit at least three clinician quality performance measures to CMS.

Additional Study Benefits for Participating During the Study Period

In addition to receiving full credit for the Improvement Activities performance category of MIPS, participants will receive direct feedback from other study participants and CMS about how to minimize challenges with data collection and submission during the study period. 

To Apply

For more information and to apply to participate in the study, please visit the CMS website. Completed applications should be submitted to by January 31.  

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Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.