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Wednesday Sep 20, 2017

What’s your Medicare quality report score? Find out here.

Individual physicians and groups can now access the latest results of their annual Physician Feedback report and Quality and Resource Use Report. They provide information on the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System and the 2016 Value-based Payment Modifier as well as if the physician or group will receive a 2018 payment adjustment under either program.


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Posted at 12:30PM Sep 20, 2017 by Erin Solis | Comments[0]

Tuesday Sep 05, 2017

Ask beneficiaries to designate you their primary clinician online

If you treat Medicare patients, you and your patients likely value the relationships you’ve formed. As Medicare continues to change how it reimburses physicians for beneficiary care, it would be helpful if the program knew about and honored those relationships, right?


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Posted at 11:45AM Sep 05, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Thursday Aug 10, 2017

MIPS tops list of most burdensome regulations for group practices

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A new survey of group medical practices shows that while many physicians expect they will be able to meet at least the minimum requirements of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) this year, most see it as a huge burden that affects their ability to care for patients.


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Posted at 04:14PM Aug 10, 2017 by David Twiddy | Comments[0]

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017

QPP hardship application now open

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now accepting applications from individual physicians and medical groups that believe they are due hardship exceptions from the Quality Payment Program for the 2017 transition year.


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Posted at 11:16AM Aug 09, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Wednesday Jun 21, 2017

Changes to 2018 Quality Payment Program aim to help participation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a series of changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that attempts to address some of the complaints from physicians that the original rules make participation in QPP difficult.


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Posted at 04:33PM Jun 21, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Thursday May 25, 2017

Deadline approaches to join new MACRA payment model

Next week is the deadline to notify Medicare if your practice intends to participate in a new payment model aimed at helping practices, particularly smaller ones, meet the Quality Payment Program requirements under MACRA.


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Posted at 12:06PM May 25, 2017 by Erin Solis | Comments[0]

Wednesday May 10, 2017

CMS provides tool to determine physicians’ MIPS participation status

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing letters alerting physicians and other health care professionals of their 2017 participation status for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The agency is also offering an interactive tool on its Quality Payment Program website to determine if you should participate in 2017.


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Posted at 09:50AM May 10, 2017 by Kent Moore | Comments[0]

Thursday Apr 27, 2017

Are you participating in MIPS this year? Watch your mailbox

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun mailing letters alerting physicians and other health care professionals of their 2017 participation status for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), one of the two reimbursement tracks under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Practices will receive letters from their local Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) through the end of May. The mailings will include three documents: a general information letter, participation information, and list of frequently asked questions.

The letters inform physicians as to whether the group and the individuals within the group are exempt from the MIPS reporting requirements based on their clinician type in 2017 or if they fall below the low-volume threshold. Eligible clinician types include: MD, DO, NP, PA, CNS, and CRNA. Clinicians are considered below the low-volume threshold if during the determination timeframe they billed less than $30,000 in Medicare allowed charges or provided care to fewer than 100 Medicare patients. CMS uses both historical claims data and data from the performance period to make this determination. The letters do not contain information on a clinician’s Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) status or hospital-based determinations.

Letters are distributed at the practice level, but will contain information on each individual associated with the tax identification number (TIN). If a practice has decided to report as a group, all clinicians within the TIN will be included in the reporting, even if a clinician falls below the threshold as an individual. Practices should review the letters and determine if they will report as individuals or as a group. Clinicians practicing in multiple TINs will need to verify their participation status with each practice.

Participation in MIPS requires clinicians and groups to report data in four performance categories in 2017 in order to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019.

– Erin Solis, Regulatory Compliance Strategist at the American Academy of Family Physicians


Posted at 03:28PM Apr 27, 2017 by David Twiddy | Comments[0]

Tuesday Feb 21, 2017

CMS awards millions to help small practices succeed in the QPP

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is rolling out a new effort to give clinicians in solo and small group practices on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program (QPP). CMS has announced $20 million in grants to 11 organizations(www.cms.gov) to provide the services for the first year of a five-year program. Working through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), CMS plans to invest up to an additional $80 million over the remaining four years.

CMS awarded contracts to the following organizations:

• Altarum

• Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF)

• HealthCentric

• Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)

• IPRO

• Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI)

• QSource

• Qualis

• Quality Insights (West Virginia Medical Institute)

• Telligen

• TMF Health Quality Institute

These groups will provide hands-on training to help thousands of small practices, especially those in historically under-resourced areas, including those that are rural, have a shortage of health professionals, or are medically underserved. For example, clinicians will receive help choosing and reporting on quality measures, as well as guidance with all aspects of the program, including supporting change management and strategic planning and assessing and optimizing health information technology. The training and education resources will be available immediately, nationwide, and will be provided at no cost to eligible clinicians and practices.

To find out if your practice is eligible for this assistance, you can call 1-866-288-8292 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) or email qpp@cms.hhs.gov.

– Kent Moore, Senior Strategist for Physician Payment for the American Academy of Family Physicians


Posted at 09:42AM Feb 21, 2017 by David Twiddy | Comments[0]

Wednesday Jan 25, 2017

MIPS help offered for practices in rural and underserved areas

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is inviting small practices that work in rural and medically underserved areas to join a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to learn more about participation in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program.

During the webinar, CMS will provide information about eligibility, how to participate in MIPS in 2017, methods for submitting data to CMS, performance categories, how practices are scored, and other resources for these types of practices.

Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session.

Registration is available online: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/cms/index.jsp?seid=682(engage.vevent.com)

Space for this webinar is limited, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible to secure your spot. After you register, you will receive an email message with a webinar link.

For more information on MIPS and the Quality Payment Plan in general, read this article in the latest issue of FPM.

– Kent Moore, Senior Strategist for Physician Payment for the American Academy of Family Physicians


Posted at 11:40AM Jan 25, 2017 by David Twiddy | Comments[0]

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