On Monday, August 21, the ACR submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Medicare Program; CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule and addressed the proposed changes to year 2 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP).
Overall, CMS included proposals to further ease the transition to the QPP, especially to small and rural practices. The ACR provided specific comments and recommendations as they relate to changes to the QPP’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs), such as small practice eligibility determination, small practice bonus, virtual groups, advancing care information significant hardship exception, AUC as a high weighted improvement activity, and facility-based measurement to name a few. The ACR also addressed the Advance APM requirements and the Physician-Focused Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which evaluates and recommends alternative payment models to the Secretary of HHS.
The comment letter addressed the following topics:
Read the CY 2018 QPP proposed rule proposed rule comment letter.
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