Most PQRS participants have heard about the CMS Measure-Applicability Validation (MAV) process, but few can describe exactly how it works. You probably know that MAV is the process that could allow providers to report fewer than nine quality measures to CMS while still meeting program requirements, but it is critical for anyone considering this option to understand the details of how it is applied or you’ll risk getting hit with the penalty.
When does MAV apply?
In general, the MAV process is applied anytime a provider reports fewer than nine quality measures across three National Quality Strategy domains. However, there are some variations to that theme:
It is important to note that while CMS has made information about the MAV process publicly available—and while we have done our best to explain it in this blog post—there is always the possibility of individually specific factors that may result in your MAV review being different from others. Always confer with a legal professional and know that relying on the MAV is taking a risk that may not meet reward. We encourage you to review the specific statutes, regulations, and other interpretive materials for a full and accurate statement of their contents.
If you have specific questions about how the MAV process applies in your case, you can Ask Able at this link or to the right of this post.
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