QPP Tip of the Month: Understand the New Requirements for the MIPS Promoting Interoperability Category

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Promoting Interoperability category (formerly known as the Advancing Care Information category) changed significantly from previous years. Some of the key changes include:

  • Revised to contain a single set of objectives and measures for reporting;

  • Required use of 2015 edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT); and

  • A new scoring methodology for the category that eliminates the base, performance, and bonus score components.

Notably, the category features hardship exceptions, which allow reweighting to 0 percent and have the 25 percent weight reallocated to the quality category (for a final weight of 70 percent of the final MIPS score).

For more information, see PAI’s Promoting Interoperability Overview resource and PI Category Hardship and Reweighting Overview resource. PAI’s MACRA QPP Resource Center has additional resources on the QPP, MIPS, and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).