AAFP to Prepare Members for Full Participation in Quality Payment Program

Friday, November 3, 2017

Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians


“The American Academy of Family Physicians is reviewing the 2018 Quality Payment Program regulation. We’re pleased the 2018 QPP final rule acknowledges the needs of small group practices and physicians who care for complex patients by providing additional flexibility in reporting requirements.


“However, we’re concerned that CMS is prematurely requiring a full year of quality reporting for the 2018 performance year. AAFP members are generally adept at reporting meaningful use of electronic health records and participating in the Physician Quality Reporting System. However, the current lack of prompt and actionable feedback from CMS hampers practices’ ability to correct inadvertent reporting mistakes. The full-year reporting period impedes practices’ ability to learn how to properly report, perform mid-year upgrades, make corrections in their reporting capacities and become more familiar with MIPS requirements.


“The Quality Payment Program is designed to ensure high-quality, efficient health care and a stable financial environment that supports the care family physicians provide to patients. We will continue to prepare our members for participation in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and the Alternative Payment Model.


“We also look forward to providing additional feedback to CMS about our areas of concern.”


Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Munger, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

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