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. As a reminder, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 created the QPP with two payment tracks: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
Under MIPS, some of the proposed changes in 2018 include:
- Offering a Virtual Groups participation option.
- Increasing the low-volume threshold so that more small practices and eligible clinicians in rural and Health Professional Shortage Areas are exempt from MIPS participation.
- Allowing physicians to continue using 2014 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).
- Awarding bonus points in the scoring methodology to physicians who care for complex patients and only use 2015 Edition CEHRT.
For the APM track, some of the proposed changes include:
– Kent Moore, Senior Strategist for Physician Payment for the American Academy of Family Physicians
Posted at 04:33PM Jun 21, 2017 by Kent Moore