November 02, 2017

2018 QPP Final Rule Impact on Radiology

On November 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule on the 2018 Quality Payment Program established under the MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015). In this rule CMS describes changes to policies for implementation of the second transition year for the Merit-Based Incentives Payment System (MIPS) and for Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

Of particular interest to radiology is recognition by CMS of the importance of the use of appropriate use criteria (AUC) for diagnostic imaging by physicians who order and furnish the services as a qualifying high-weighted improvement activity if they attest they are using AUC through a qualified clinical decision support mechanism for all advanced diagnostic imaging services ordered.

ACR summary of the QPP Final Rule impact on radiology

CMS QPP Final Rule fact sheet