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CMS Proposes QPP Revisions: The Paths for QPP Participation Continue to Evolve

CMS recently proposed modified policies for continued implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in the 2017 Proposed Rule. Among other things, the Proposed Rule provides flexibility for clinicians in the second QPP...more

Start Date Delayed for EPM, Cardiac Rehabilitation and CJR Episodes of Care

CMS recently announced that the effective start dates for episodes of care under the Episode Payment Model (EPM), Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model (CR) and the revisions to the Comprehensive Care for Joint...more

CMS Seeks Comments on Overhauling Hospital IPPS

CMS is asking for feedback on how Medicare can make the health care delivery system simpler for patients and health care providers. This spring's Fiscal Year 2018 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the...more

CMS Finalizes Changes to the Future of Physician Reimbursement with the Quality Payment Program

CMS released the Final Rule with comment period delineating a portion of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) known as the Quality Payment Program (QPP) on October 14, 2016, with the official...more

Will Physicians Accept CMS's Offer to "Pick Your Pace"?

The Acting CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced that CMS would propose new options for physician participation in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)....more

Proposed Cardiac, Hip, and Femur Episode Payment Models Are Next Generation from BPCI and CJR

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on July 25, 2016, entitled, Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and...more

Summary of Major Provisions in the Proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2017 (PFS) includes several changes covering a litany of topics spanning from telehealth services to expanding the Diabetes Prevention Program Model. The following is a high-level...more

Physician Payment: CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program, Advanced APMs, and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

CMS published its 426 page proposed rule on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) – the successor to oft-maligned Sustainable Growth Rate adjustment – on May 9, 2016. The QPP will adjust physician and mid-level provider...more

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model: Today's Alternative Payment Model for Primary Care Providers Could Be Tomorrow's Obligatory...

In an effort to affect how approximately 25 million Medicare beneficiaries and other commercial insurance patients receive primary care services, the CMS Innovation Center (the "Innovation Center") announced the Comprehensive...more

OIG Approves Hospital-provided Transcription Services Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 15-15

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 15-15 and concluded that an arrangement under which a hospital proposed to provide transcription services to a radiology practice in exchange for fair...more

Physician Payment: CMS Seeks Suggestions for SGR, PQRS, Meaningful Use and VBM Replacement

CMS would like your help in developing the replacement to the Sustainable Growth Rate adjustment (SGR). But you need to act quickly because CMS' cutoff date for your suggestions is October 31, 2015....more

Key Ingredients of CMS' Proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model

On July 14, 2015, CMS released a proposed rule regarding a new, alternative payment model: the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program. Modeled in large part on the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI)...more

MIPS: Moving Physician Payments Beyond the Sustainable Growth Rate?

Medicare continues to transition its primary physician payment methodology from a traditional fee-for-service model into a quality and value-based model. Recently, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015...more

CMS Proposes Enhanced Role for Non-Physician Practitioners in Rural Health Clinics

Recognizing the difficulty many rural health clinics (RHCs) face when recruiting health care practitioners, CMS recently proposed to change its interpretation of the Rural Health Clinic Services Act and allow RHCs to contract...more

CMS Proposes FQHC Prospective Payment System

On September 23, 2013, CMS published a proposed rule to overhaul the payment methodology for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). The proposed rule will change FQHC reimbursement from an all inclusive rate (AIR),...more

CMS Expands MSP Recovery Portal

Earlier in 2013 the President signed into law the Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act of 2012 (the “Smart Act”) requiring CMS to establish a web portal for beneficiaries, their attorneys, and authorized...more

Complex Chronic Care Management Reimbursement for 2015 Included in Proposed 2014 Physician Fee Schedule

The proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule [PDF] included reimbursement for case management to be made available in 2015 for physicians who treat patients with two or more complex conditions. The proposed rule would...more

Physician Payment Sunshine Rule is Finalized

The Final Rule implementing the Physician Payment Sunshine Act was announced on February 1st and published in the Federal Register on February 8th. The Final Rule establishes procedures for drug and device manufacturers to...more

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