Slavitt Says Final MACRA Rule Proves CMS Listened

The final rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of of 2015 (MACRA), released Oct. 14, charts a path for implementation of the law, which replaced the troublesome Sustainable Growth Rate method of provider payment. The 1200-plus page rule includes a number of changes from the proposed rule, many of which reflect comments the agency received this summer.

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New Practices Given Opportunity to Join APM

The ink on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternate Payment Model (APM) final rule is barely dry and already the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making good on their promise to establish additional opportunities for eligible clinicians to join APMs.

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Coding Articles
Modifier 57: For More Than Just "Surgery"

If you think of modifier 57 as the “decision for surgery” modifier, it’s time to change your mind. Modifier 57 applies when the physician determines the need for any major procedure—whether surgical or non-surgical.

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The Final Word on How to Determine MIPS Eligibility

With less than three months before the start of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2017 performance period, there’s no time to waste in readying your practice to meet the reporting requirements — assuming that you are a MIPS eligible clinician. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made a small and easily overlooked change for determining eligibility in its final rule.

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MIPS & APMs Keeping You Up at Night?

Have you been losing sleep ever since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued in April 2015 a proposed rule for implementing the Quality Payment Program? Take a deep breath and relax: Help is on its way.

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