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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 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 extended the deadline for PQRS EHR reporting for EPs, group practices, and their vendors through March 31.
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.
In a letter to CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, MGMA, along with 100 medical organizations, requested a deferment for the required use of 2015 Edition CEHRT in the QPP or Medicaid MU Program. The letter recommends that use of 2015 CEHRT remain voluntary until such technology is widely available, no sooner than January 2019.
The IPPS final rule for 2017 increases rates for general acute care hospitals by approximately 0.95%. It eliminates the two-midnight rule’s inpatient pay cuts and also includes rate changes for long-term care hospitals.