The way healthcare professionals are paid under Medicare has been transitioning from a volume-based payment system to a value-based payment system, for years. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) called for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to step up their efforts. CMS responded with the Quality Payment Program, which offers two tracks for participation: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternate Payment Models (APMs).
Beginning in 2019, MIPS and Advanced APMs will provide incentives to eligible clinicians who meet program requirements. These models will also change the way quality care is assessed. The movement will take years to fulfill, and it will require practices to remain current on developments and deadlines. As the implementation of the Quality Payment Program unfolds, consult this page for the latest news, assessments, and strategies for success. Learn More >
New programs enable clinicians to avoid 2019 MIPS penalties with minimal data reporting.
The Quality Payment Program (QPP) combines the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Meaningful Use (MU), and Value-based Payment Modifier (VBM) programs under a single reporting umbrella known as the Meri
The Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 performance year is now available on the Quality Payment Program website.
Determine if You Are Exempt
Clinicians who are eligible to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) this year, but are not able to
One Provision in QPP Proposed Rule Makes Quite an Impact
July 24, 2017 | Renee Dustman
In the 2018 Quality Payment Program proposed rule, published in the Federal Register on June 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that approximately 572,000 clinicians will be required to submit data under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in the second
There’s a definite theme seen throughout the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule: The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is referred to in nearly every section.
In reading the proposed rule, it becomes evident that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
New Webpage Helps Small, Rural Practices Participate in MIPS
July 3, 2017 | Renee Dustman
CMS announced over the weekend the launch of a new section on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website dedicated to clinicians working in small or rural practices, as well as those treating patients in underserved areas. The new page serves as a single point of reference for these clinicians to he
Change is a constant in healthcare. With the implementation of ICD-10, we found out how disruptive these changes can be. It appears ICD-10 is the pre-cursor to even more change, with the implementation of new quality-based payment initiatives.
Although we have no idea where we may end up with the
A proposed rule for 2018 updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) holds few surprises, except for one: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to increase the low-volume threshold to exempt more clinicians from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
A new video and step-by-step guide developed by the American Medical Association walks physician practices through the steps they need to take, by Oct. 2, to meet the minimum reporting requirement for this first performance year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). (more…)
Healthcare professionals who are eligible to participate in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program this year must instead report under the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS) to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2018. Not EHR-ready? You may qualify for an exemption.
Physicians need wonder no more whether they'll don the honor of Qualifying Participant (QP) in an Advanced Alternate Payment Model (APM), this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced over the weekend predictive QP status for 2017 Advanced APMs.
CMS predicts nearly
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), like the adoption of ICD-10, will drive changes in systems configuration. These changes are necessary to bill services accurately from the provider side, and process claims correctly from the payer side. These configuration changes should be started