Healthcare Business Monthly
Small Practices May Be Exempt From CMS MIPS 
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is a Quality Payment Program that combines the existing Medicare Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and Value-Based Modifier (VBM) programs, and adds a fourth component to promote ongoing improvement and innovation to clinical activities.
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How to Make the Most of Physician Referrals
Any provider who receives referrals from other medical professionals must pay close attention to, and should do their best to nurture, these relationships. Most referrals originate in a primary care physicians office (family practice, pediatrician, internal medicine), but there are also referrals from specialist to specialist.
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Free Resources for Eligible Clinicians
Get the help you need to succeed in the Quality Payment Program.
There are many free resources available to help eligible clinicians successfully participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP).
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Give Your Outpatients the MOON
Effective Feb. 21, 2017, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must provide the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), or CMS-10611, to patients with Original Medicare who are receiving outpatient observation services for more than 24 hours.

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Evaluation and Management: Time-Based Coding
Time is an alternative option for E/M coding (on many, but not all, of the E/M codes) in lieu of the three key components, history, exam, and medical decision-making.

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EPs! Reconsideration Forms Due Feb. 28
The deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment—based on the 2015 EHR reporting period—is February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
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