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On November 1, CMS released its Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule for calendar year (CY) 2019. The latest update includes changes to the Quality Payment Program as well as documentation and payment adjustments for evaluation and management services.
New data released by CMS shows 93% of eligible clinicians who participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) received positive payment adjustments for their MIPS performance last year.
CMS and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has published the most recent updates to the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets. The updated sets include ICD-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS), SNOMED CT, LOINC, and RxNorm.
Following the release of final scores for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period and a targeted review period, CMS identified several errors in the final score calculation process. The agency corrected the errors and has recalculated the MIPS final scores and any accompanying payment adjustments for affected physicians.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its March 2018 Report to Congress on Medicare payment policy, detailing its payment update recommendations to Congress, which the Commissioners voted on in January.
CMS has released and updated version of its Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy for the 2017 MIPS transition year. The updates policy now includes counties affected by Hurricane Nate and additional counties affected by the California wildfires.
CMS has announced the results of the final 2018 Value Modifier and the adjustment factor that will be applied to clinicians receiving an upward payment adjustment.
CMS has launched a new data submission system for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), designed to reduce administrative burdens and streamline the data submission process.
Providers and insurance groups are in favor of CMS’ plans to develop a demonstration project that will test the effects of allowing clinicians to receive credit for financial risk-based arrangements with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.
CMS has released final rules for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The rules, scheduled to take effect January 1, 2018, address changes within the fee schedule as well as other Medicare Part B payment policies, such as changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
CMS, on October 31st, announced that electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in CMS quality programs will be transitioned to use the Clinical Quality Language (CQL) standard (CQL Release 1, Standard for Trial Use (STU) 2) for logic expression. Additionally, CMS has issued revised technical release notes (TRNs) for the addendum to the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) annual update specifications for 4th Quarter 2017 reporting and 2018 reporting periods.
CMS has published guidelines detailing requirements as to how Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)-eligible clinicians must attest in order to prove they have made a good-faith effort to implement and use EHR technology that supports the timely exchange of healthcare information.
CMS has introduced a new MIPS Eligible Measure Applicability process to allow providers who were unable to submit the required number of quality measures the opportunity to earn the maximum score for that reporting category.
CMS has released an addendum to the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) annual update specifications originally published in May 2017. This addendum updates eCQM value sets for the 2018 performance period for Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Clinicians (ECs).
On June 20th, CMS released its 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule. Officially titled, “CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program,” the rule includes key policy updates that seek to streamline reporting requirements and simplify participation under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) [Track 1] and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (Advanced APM) [Track 2] pathways created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
CMS has issued a proposed rule that would update payment policies for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The ESRD PPS proposed rule is one of several for CY 2018 that reflect a broader strategy to relieve regulatory burdens for providers; support the patient-doctor relationship in healthcare; and promote transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery of care.
CMS has posted new resources on the Quality Payment Program website to help clinicians successfully participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Florida House and Senate leaders have agreed to approximately $650 million in cuts to hospital payments through Medicaid. The state plans to cut its share of Medicaid payments by $250 million in the upcoming budget, which reduces federal matching dollars by more than $400 million.
CMS has sent over 800,000 letters to clinicians, with notification that they will not be evaluated under the MACRA Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017. Federal officials predict only about one-third of clinicians will have to file quality reports this year under the new Medicare payment system.
CMS has released the 2017 list of approved qualified registries. Physician practices may utilize these third-party vendors to report individual or group data for the Quality, Advancing Care Information, and Improvement Activities categories of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in order to avoid a -4% penalty and potentially earn a small bonus in 2019.