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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.
CMS has published an updated table accompanying the 2016 eCQM specifications for the 2017 performance period. The updated table removes the previous meaningful use domains and now aligns with the domains listed in CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, as well as the MIPS and Advanced APM tracks of the Quality Payment Program.
CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt is urging healthcare and political leaders to continue value-based care progress made under the Affordable Care Act, including value-based care progress after MACRA implementation through universal coverage, the CMS Innovation Center, interoperable health IT, and patient-centered care.
The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) was established earlier this year by MACRA and is now accepting proposals for alternative payment models (APMs).
CMS has published the Final Rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The Rule finalizes provisions for participation in the new Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) which requires eligible physicians to begin reporting data under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in 2017.
On October 26, CMS announced that it will publish the final list of models that will qualify as Advanced Alternative Payment Models for next year by January 1, 2017.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently urged CMS to reduce the pathology cuts in its proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule.
Vermont has been granted tentative approval to establish an all-payer reimbursement system. If granted final approval, the All Payer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model would be effective for five years beginning January 1, 2017.
Almost all pathologists will need to participate in MIPS in 2017 or face a penalty in 2019. The 2 new “partial” options from CMS may make that easier for 2017, but they don’t change the basic direction. Preparing now is the prudent course.
CMS is adding 2 more options for quality reporting in 2017. They provide more flexibility for providers to comply with MACRA requirements. By submitting partial data, or partial year data, a practice can avoid penalties.