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CMS proposes updates to Quality Payment Program to increase flexibility, reduce burdens

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on Tuesday that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The proposal aims to simplify reporting requirements, which would help physicians avoid penalties under the QPP, and offer support for physicians and clinicians in 2018.

Physicians can choose how they want to participate in the QPP based on their practice size, specialty, location or patient population. The proposed rule would amend some existing requirements and also contains new policies that would encourage participation in either Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

The Society is currently reviewing the 1058-page proposed rule and plans to submit comments to CMS prior to the Aug 21 deadline. Meanwhile, the AMA has expressed its support for proposed changes.

“CMS is proposing a number of policies to help physicians avoid penalties under the Quality Payment Program. In particular, it is suggesting several actions to assist small practices,” said AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, in a statement released yesterday. “Not all physicians and their practices were ready to make the leap, and many faced daunting challenges. This flexible approach will give physicians more options to participate in MACRA and takes into consideration the diversity of medical practices throughout the country”

For a fact sheet on the proposed rule, click here. The proposed rule (CMS-5522-P) can be downloaded here.

For more information about the Quality Payment Program, please visit qpp.cms.gov.

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