On the day after Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced that he wants physicians to “step up and recommend more payment alternatives to fee-for-service Medicare,” AAHKS submitted a letter of intent, which had already been in the works, to ensure AAHKS took the lead in innovating a payment model for TJR. The AAHKS Advanced Alternative Payment… Read More
The Annual Call for Measures and Activities for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) will be open through June 30. CMS encourages clinicians, measure stewards, organizations, and other stakeholders to identify and submit measures and activities to be considered for three performance categories of MIPS in future years. Full details.
CMS announced this week that the effective date of the final rule for the Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) has been pushed back again to October 1, 2017. This includes delaying implementation of the CJR model, which could make it… Read More
In a letter to CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, AAHKS joined numerous medical societies and subspecialty organizations urging the CMS to ease regulatory burdens. “We urge the Administration to take a series of steps to address these same challenges in MU, PQRS, and VM prior to their replacement by MACRA and minimize the penalties assessed for physicians who tried… Read More
Indiana health care consultant, Seema Verma, was confirmed this week as the new director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Verma has stated that she does not support turning Medicare into a voucher program and has defended her work on Medicaid expansion in Indiana. USA Today reported, “Some state officials are welcoming Verma’s arrival as… Read More
AAHKS nominee, Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Chief Medical Officer, received the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. In a ceremony on February 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C., the AMA presented Dr. Conway with the award for his work… Read More
In a letter to CMS this week, AAHKS signed on with the AMA and other medical societies to request the CMS and ONC delay implementation of the 2015 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) until it’s more widely available on the market. The letter details four reasons for the request to delay. Read the letter.
The deadline for Eligible Professionals to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment—based on the 2015 EHR reporting period—is February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. If you received a letter from CMS that said you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in… Read More
An error with some ICD-10 code updates impacted quality data reported at the end of last year, and CMS will not penalize physicians and group practices who were affected. CMS reports that the majority of the changes that impacted the data “were related to diabetes, pregnancy, cardiovascular, oncology, mental health and eye disease.” CMS advises physicians and group… Read More
As part of their Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), CMS is developing categories of patient relationship codes for use in episodes of care. While AAHKS believes that these codes can ultimately be useful for patient care, some changes do need to be made before utilization. This will be an evolving process but initial comments can be found in… Read More