CMS Finalizes MACRA/MIPS
Friday, October 14, 2016
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
CMS News Release:
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized its policy implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payment provisions in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program. The new Quality Payment Program will gradually transform Medicare payments for more than 600,000 clinicians across the country, and is a major step in improving care across the entire health care system.
The final rule with comment period offers a fresh start for Medicare by centering payments around the care that is best for the patients, providing more options to clinicians for innovative care and payment approaches, and reducing administrative burden to give clinicians more time to spend with their patients, instead of on paperwork.
Accompanying today’s announcement is a new Quality Payment Program website http://qpp.cms.gov, which will explain the new program and help clinicians easily identify the measures most meaningful to their practice or specialty.
To see the press release and obtain more information about today’s announcement, including a fact sheet, please visit: http://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2016/10/14/hhs-finalizes-streamlined-medicare-payment-system-rewards-clinicians-quality-patient-care.html
To learn more about the rule, visit: https://qualitypaymentprogram.cms.gov/education
AAOE will provide more information on the final rule in the coming days. For more information, contact AAOE's Government Affairs Manager, Bradley Coffey, MA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-749-0629.