In CMS
Mar 21st, 2017
It may be spring, but the freeze is still on in Washington, D.C. — the “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum, or Freeze Memo, that is. The Freeze Memo encourages agencies to temporarily postpone the effective date of regulations that have been published in the Federal Register, but have not taken effect, for 60 days from the date ...
In MACRA
Mar 14th, 2017
To participate in the Medicare Incentive Payment System (MIPS), you will need to select the Quality, Improvement Activities, and/or Advancing Care Information measures on which you will report this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offers an online tool that allows you review and download the various measures for informational and estimation purposes (You cannot ...
In CMS
Feb 14th, 2017
Small practices and facilities stand to benefit from new payment models based on new quality measures for coronary and orthopedic care. In December, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new Innovation Center models shifting Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating strong incentives for hospitals to deliver better care ...
Some APMs do not exempt clinicians from MIPS. In this transition year of the Quality Payment Program, practices have the option to participate in an alternate payment model (APM). There are advantages to doing so, but you must do your homework. In 2017, some APMs will not meet statutory requirements to be categorized as advanced APMs. Clinicians ...
Physicians need help to stay independent, and  AAPC Members are encouraged to learn more about MACRA and reporting requirements. AAPC is publishing materials to help members. A recent report published by Kareo shows survey results on how independent physicians are responding to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s Quality Payment Program. The survey, conducted after ...