2017-08-08 17:56:55 UTC

Tell CMS How to Improve MIPS Year Two

Aug. 9, 2017

Medicare-proposed updates to the Quality Payment Program significantly raise the bar for 2018; ensure CMS knows how they will affect you.

The Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule will affect the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Let CMS know how proposed changes will impact your practice.
 
In the proposed rule, CMS is recommending major updates to the 2018 MIPS quality category performance period, quality scoring and the composite performance score. CMS’s proposed updates reflect an effort to bridge 2017 MIPS performance period policies and anticipated 2019 MIPS performance period requirements under the limitations of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), so that physicians are not blind-sided in 2019. If finalized, however, changes will make it more difficult to earn quality points and reach the proposed composite performance score threshold. AGA is asking the gastroenterology community to urge CMS to reduce the 2018 performance threshold from 15 points to six points to relieve some of the burden of participating and to continue to encourage participation
 
CMS has also proposed many changes that will encourage MIPS participation by solo practitioners, small practices and other eligible clinicians with special circumstances. AGA applauds and fully supports many of these proposals. 
 
Your Voice is Key
 
The gastroenterology community needs to contact CMS to ensure their voice is heard. Policies affecting the 2018 QPP, including MIPS, must include input from GIs. 
 
Take Action
 
Visit the official federal government portal for submitting public comments on the proposed rule no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 21.
  • Open and revise the template letter to include your name, practice name and location.
  • If interested, supplement the letter with any of your personal experiences that you want considered.
  • Copy and paste the template letter into the box labeled “Comment.”  
  • Enter your individual contact information and press the blue “continue” button at the bottom of the page.
  • Review, complete the acknowledgement and submit. 
Please reach out to CMS today to ensure that the voices of GIs are heard.

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