Recorded: Thursday, August 23, 2018

Speakers: Benjamin Chin; Brittany LaCouture; Molly MacHarris


Senior Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials will present a webinar on August 23 (2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern Time) detailing requirements of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) as well as the proposed changes for the 2019 program. Free for Society members, the webinar will detail reporting requirements for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as well as the Alternative Payment Model (APM) option.

The proposed rule, currently open for comments, suggested a number of changes to the QPP, including the minimum reporting required to avoid penalties and MIPS eligibility status for group practices. In addition, the proposed rule asks for information regarding new facility-based options for post-acute and long-term care-based clinicians.

CMS has specifically tailored this webinar for Society members and attendees will have a chance to ask questions and offer their thoughts on these various proposals. Don’t miss this chance to hear directly from CMS officials and get your questions answered.

Recording Access Information: Complimentary access to the recorded version of the webinar will be available through the AMDA website shortly.


Credit Information: Please note that CME, CMD, and MOC credit will be NOT be offered for this session.


Speaker Biography:

Benjamin Chin is a graduate of Rutgers University is currently a policy analyst specializing in health care policy working for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Prior to joining CMS, Ben worked at the Thailand Institute of Justice in Bangkok, Thailand as a Henry Luce Scholar where he conducted research on alternatives to incarceration for drug involved offenders throughout the ASEAN region. Ben has also worked for Abt Associates and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration prior to working for CMS.

Molly MacHarris is a program lead in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS. She is the lead for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Prior to this role, Molly led the development of policies and operations on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Programs. In this capacity, Molly provides leadership and input to a variety of aspects of the programs, including stakeholder engagement, operations, policy development and alignment with other quality programs.

Speaker Disclosures: All members of the education and online education committees have no financial relationships to disclose. The speakers have no financial relationships to disclose.