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July 26, 2018

Here are a few upcoming webinars on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS):

·MIPS Improvement Activities Performance Category Year 2 Overview

Wednesday, August 1, 1-2 pm ET

Topics include category requirements, scoring details, and data submission mechanisms.

Register ...

Policy Snapshot
July 19, 2018

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule for 2019.  It includes provisions for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2019 as well as the physician fee schedule.  AMDA staff is reading the 1,473-page proposed rule and will develop comments prior to the September 10 deadline.

Here are some highlights of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) proposals:

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Policy Snapshot
July 19, 2018

CMS posted the 2017 Performance Feedback User Guide to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback. This guide:

  • Discusses who can access MIPS performance feedback
  • Highlights the differences between preliminary and final performance feedback
  • Provides step-by-step instructions for accessing your feedback

If you...

Policy Snapshot
July 19, 2018

The Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology seeks to address well-documented and fast-emerging health IT challenges. The Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) Notice of Funding Opportunity is specifically interested in innovative solutions and breakthrough advances in (1) expanding the scope, scale, and utility of application program interfaces (APIs) for population-level data and (2) advancing clinical knowledge at the point of care.

One recipient will be selected for each area of...

Policy Snapshot
July 19, 2018

Register for the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) 2nd Interoperability Forum on August 6 and 8. In-person attendance is now full, but you can still register for the streaming sessions on those dates.

Go here to register: ONC's 2nd Interoperability Forum

Policy Snapshot
July 13, 2018

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes that would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing Medicare. The proposed rules would fundamentally improve the nation’s healthcare system and help restore the doctor-patient relationship by empowering clinicians to use their electronic health records (EHRs) to document clinically meaningful information, instead of information that is only for billing purposes.

The proposals, part...

Policy Snapshot
July 13, 2018

CMS posted a fact sheet to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2019 payment adjustment based on their 2017 performance. The fact sheet highlights how CMS assigns final scores to MIPS-eligible clinicians and how payment adjustment factors are applied for 2019 based on 2017 MIPS final scores.

For more information, check out the...

Policy Snapshot
July 5, 2018

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, your MIPS final score and performance feedback is now available for review on the Quality Payment Program website.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted an additional resource on CMS.gov to help eligible clinicians and groups understand their MIPS 2019 payment adjustment based on their 2017 performance. The...

Policy Snapshot
July 5, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar to provide an overview and demonstration of the Data Element Library (DEL). A resource for providers, vendors, researchers, and other stakeholders that use CMS assessments, the DEL supports interoperability and the exchange and reuse of data across post-acute care and other providers by using common assessment standards and definitions to facilitate coordinated care and improved health outcomes.

The webinar is being held Wednesday, July 11, from 1 to 2 pm ET.

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Policy Snapshot
June 28, 2018

This week the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee held a mark =-up hearing that included The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA).  H.R. 1676, introduced by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), and Buddy Carter (R-GA), directs the Department of Health and Human Services to award grants to improve the training of health professionals in palliative care. The bill also increases education and awareness about the benefits and services of palliative care and enhances research on palliative care through leveraging existing authorities...