MIPS FAQ of the Month: ACI Reweighting

Our expert Quality Payment Program team fields many Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) questions on a wide variety of issues. What was the hot topic for the month of August? Advancing Care Information (ACI) reweighting for 2017.

Question: If I am a special status clinician or had a hardship exemption in 2017, how can I tell if my ACI score was reweighted?

Answer: Now is the time to double-check to make sure your ACI category was reweighted properly for 2017. You may have qualified to have your ACI score reweighted to zero if you applied and were approved for a hardship exemption or if you were a special status clinician, including:

  • Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) – based clinician or group
  • Hospital-based clinician or group
  • Non-patient facing clinician or group

Or if you were a:

  • Physician assistant
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Clinical nurse specialist

Learn more about performance year (PY) 2017 Special Status Clinicians

If your ACI category was reweighted to zero, you will see an “NA” listed as the ACI category score and your quality category score will be out of 85 points instead of 60. If you see a “0 out of 25” listed next to your ACI category score, your score was not reweighted and you received no points for the category. If your ACI score was not reweighted even though you qualified as a special status clinician or had an approved hardship exemption, submit a targeted review to CMS by October 1, 2018.

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