June 24, 2016

ACR Responds to CMS on MACRA

On Friday, June 24, the American College of Radiology (ACR) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the 2016 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models (PFPM) Proposed Rule.

The comment letter addresses the effect of MACRA on small and rural radiology practices as well as the following topics:

Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

Identifying MIPS Eligible Clinicians
Group vs. Individual Participation
Virtual Groups
Performance Period
Targeted Review
Scoring and Performance Standards
CPS Performance Category Weights
MIPS: Quality Performance Category
MIPS: Advancing Care Information Performance Category
MIPS: Resource Use Performance Category
MIPS: Clinical Practice Improvement Activity (CPIA) Performance Category
MIPS: Third-Party Data Submission

Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

Advanced APMs
Physician-Focused Payment Models (PFPM)
Proposed PFPM Criteria

For answers to your questions about the MACRA MIPS/APM proposed rule or the ACR comments, please contact ACR Economics and Health Policy Senior Advisor, Pam Kassing (pkassing@acr.org), Economics and Health Policy Assistant Director, Laura Pattie (lpattie@acr.org) or Quality and Safety Senior Director, Judy Burleson (jburleson@acr.org).