Partnership for Dementia Care, QAPI Participation Among Proposed New MIPS Improvement Activities

July 28, 2017

In an advocacy victory for the Society, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to add physician participation in the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) in the nursing home to the list of approved Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) approved Improvement Activities (IA). The Society has long argued that the current clinician based quality reporting programs do not align well with their work in the nursing home. The Society submitted these additional measures during an open call and CMS has agreed that these are important steps to align clinician focused and facility-focused value-based programs. “This is an important step toward recognizing the important work clinicians do in nursing facilities and a major victory for the Society,” says Alex Bardakh, MPP Society’s Director of Public Policy and Advocacy.

Other relevant proposed additional IAs include:

  • Advance Care Planning
  • CDC Course on Antibiotic Stewardship
  • CDC Course on Opioid Prescribing
  • CME Activities such as Society’s Annual Conference

The proposed rule is currently out for public comment until August 21st. The Society is preparing comments in support of these proposals. The proposals are not final until they are published in the final rule in the Federal Register, expected in early November.