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Quality Payment Program Blog 2017-08-10T10:45:40+00:00

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  • Quality Payment Program Website Now Offers 2018 MIPS Clinician Eligibility at the Group Level

    Quality Payment Program Website Now Offers 2018 MIPS Clinician Eligibility at the Group Level

    You can now log in to the CMS Quality Payment Program website to check your group’s 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). After logging into the feature using your EIDM credentials, browse to the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) affiliated with your group, and you will be able to click into a details […]Read More »
  • MIPS APMs to Advanced APMs: How to Make the Valuable Transition

    MIPS APMs to Advanced APMs: How to Make the Valuable Transition

    This year, America’s Physician Groups (APG) continues their webinar series with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for physicians and physician groups implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) through the Quality Payment Program (QPP), focusing onAlternative Payment Models (APMs). Through a co-branding agreement with CMS, the sessions will combine CMS expertise on […]Read More »
  • CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline

    CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline

    CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline from March 31 to April 3 at 8 PM EDT Email TechAssist@Qsource.org, or call us toll-free Monday to Friday at 844-205-5540 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, to connect to the last-minute technical assistance you need. If you’re an eligible clinician participating in the Quality Payment […]Read More »
  • Study on Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures

    Study on Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures

    Apply to Participate in the 2018 Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Study on Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures to Receive Improvement Activity Credit for 2018 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting the 2018 Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures Study, as outlined in the Quality Payment Program Year 2 […]Read More »
  • New Payment Model to Improve Quality, Coordination, and Cost-Effectiveness

    New Payment Model to Improve Quality, Coordination, and Cost-Effectiveness

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).Read More »
  • Now Available: CMS Data Submission System for Clinicians in the Quality Payment Program

    Now Available: CMS Data Submission System for Clinicians in the Quality Payment Program

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched a new data submission system for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program. Clinicians can now submit all of their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data through one platform on the qpp.cms.gov website. Data can be submitted and updated any time from January 2, […]Read More »
  • It’s Not Too Late to Participate in MIPS

    It’s Not Too Late to Participate in MIPS

    Don’t worry. It’s not too late! You still have a chance to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) of the Quality Payment Program and avoid the 4 percent penalty in 2019. This year is a transition year, meaning the reporting is more flexible. You can pick your pace of participation based on your […]Read More »
  • The Virtual Group Election Period is Now Open to Participate in MIPS in 2018

    The Virtual Group Election Period is Now Open to Participate in MIPS in 2018

    The Election Period is Now Open to Form a Virtual Group for the 2018 MIPS Performance Period As proposed in the 2018 Quality Payment Program proposed rule, solo practitioners and groups can choose to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as a virtual group for the 2018 performance period. To form a virtual […]Read More »
  • Half of Healthcare Professionals Not Yet Familiar with MACRA

    Half of Healthcare Professionals Not Yet Familiar with MACRA

    Qsource, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved contractor in Alabama and Tennessee providing technical assistance to small, underserved practices, and rural practices, was not surprised by recent findings in a survey conducted by NueMD indicating that half of healthcare professionals are not familiar with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) […]Read More »
  • First-Time Participants Have Until October 1, 2017 to Avoid the 2018 Payment Adjustment

    First-Time Participants Have Until October 1, 2017 to Avoid the 2018 Payment Adjustment

    Did you know first-time participants this year can avoid the 2018 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Payment adjustment with participation in the Advancing Care Information (ACI) portion in 2017? Eligible professionals (EPs) who are first-time participants in the EHR Incentive Program have until October 1 of their first year to attest and avoid payment adjustments […]Read More »
  • Understanding Inverse Measures

    Understanding Inverse Measures

    During some of my meetings with healthcare professionals and office managers, there are numerous questions and misconceptions in understanding an Inverse Measure. In this blog, I will provide an explanation along with two examples. What is an Inverse Measure? According to CMS.gov, “An inverse measure is a lower calculated performance rate for measures, which indicates […]Read More »
  • Reporting MIPS as a Group

    Reporting MIPS as a Group

    A group is defined as a single Tax Identification Number (TIN) with two or more Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) clinicians. A group is required to aggregate their performance data across the TIN in order to have their performance assessed as a group. The group will be assessed across all four MIPS performance categories. One […]Read More »
  • Six Popular MIPS Myths Debunked

    Six Popular MIPS Myths Debunked

    First things first, let’s get a few acronyms straight. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) created the Quality Payment Program, which addresses two tracks: Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs) and the focus of this post, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). When you hear MACRA, MIPS or Quality Payment Program, know […]Read More »
  • Important Changes Coming to Quality Payment Program in 2018

    Important Changes Coming to Quality Payment Program in 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the proposed rule for the Quality Payment Program for 2018. We’ve read the 1,000+ pages, so you don’t have to, and some big changes are coming. However, it is important to note that these changes are provisional until they are included in the final rule […]Read More »
  • Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule Offers Advancing Care Information Category Relief for 2017 Transition Year Reporters

    Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule Offers Advancing Care Information Category Relief for 2017 Transition Year Reporters

    On June 20, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule for the Quality Payment Program. At a whopping 1,058 pages long, this proposed rule provides updates for the second and future years of the Quality Payment Program, but CMS also folded in some changes that provide welcome relief to […]Read More »
  • Feeling the Quality Payment Program Pinch? We Can Help

    Feeling the Quality Payment Program Pinch? We Can Help

    As I work with practices, I am finding fear. I hear “It’s too late in the year.”  “I can’t do anything.” ” I don’t have an EHR!” “There are too many things to keep up with!” Here is what I can say to all of those concerns, “I understand.” Resources in small practices are limited. […]Read More »
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