Medicare requires that eligible professionals report on at least 9 quality measures in 2016 for at least 50% of eligible patient visits (a professional’s Part B patients for whom the measure applies according to the measure frequency specification). If less than 9 measures are available for reporting, such as is the case for audiologists, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will permit a professional to report on fewer than 9 measures for at least 50% of eligible patient visits. This is when the Measures Applicability Validation (MAV) process applies. The AQC recommends audiologists report on all 6 measures whenever the patient qualifies.
To avoid the 2% penalty in 2018, in 2016 audiologists must:
- Report a positive action on a minimum of 50% of the Medicare patients visits for hearing evaluation, vestibular evaluation, and/or tinnitus evaluations for Measure #130, #134, and #226, AND
- Report a positive action on a minimum of 50% of the eligible Medicare patients seen for vestibular evaluations for Measure #154, #155, and #261.