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2020 MIPS IA_BMH_9: Unhealthy Alcohol Use for Patients with Co-occurring Conditions of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Ambulatory Care Patients

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Subcategory Name

Behavioral and Mental Health

Activity Description

Individual MIPS eligible clinicians or groups must regularly engage in integrated prevention and treatment interventions, including screening and brief counseling (for example: NQF #2152) for patients with co-occurring conditions of mental health and substance abuse. MIPS eligible clinicians would attest that 60 percent for the CY 2018 Quality Payment Program performance period, and 75 percent beginning in the 2019 performance period, of their ambulatory care patients are screened for unhealthy alcohol use.


Demonstration by MIPS eligible clinicians and groups that integrated prevention and treatment interventions with documented screening and brief counseling occurred on a regular basis.  Documentation of referral or feedback/acknowledgment from referred provider

Suggested Documentation

Screen shots from certified EHR or from other software/tools demonstrating integrated prevention and treatment interventions (i.e., evidence of screening and brief counseling for patient with co-occurring conditions of mental health and substance abuse). For the intent of this IA,-co-occurring conditions are defined as the diagnosed coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder.

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