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CMS

Physician Compare Preview Period open until Aug. 20

The Physician Compare 60-day Preview Period is officially open as of June 22. You can now preview your 2018 Quality Payment Program performance information before it will appear on Physician Compare profile pages and in the Downloadable Database. You can access the secured Preview through the Quality Payment Program website. Access the resource below on how to preview your data: · Physician Compare Preview Period User Guide For additional assistance with accessing the Quality Payment Program website, or obtaining your EIDM user role, contact the Quality Payment Program service center at QPP@cms.hhs.gov. To learn more about the 2018 Quality Payment Program performance information that is available for preview as well as the 2017 clinician utilization data that will be added to the Downloadable Database, download these documents from the Physician Compare Initiative page: · Clinician Performance… . . . read more.

QUALITY PAYMENT PROGRAM

2019 Performance Period Suppressed MIPS Quality Measures

In the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (83 FR 59847), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established a policy that provides for the suppression of measures in certain circumstances. Starting with the 2019 performance period, for measures significantly impacted by clinical guideline changes or other changes where the CMS believes that adherence to guidelines in the existing measures could result in patient harm or otherwise cause misleading results as to what is measured as good quality of care, we will reduce the denominator of available measure achievement points for the quality performance category by 10 points for each impacted measure that is submitted by MIPS eligible clinicians and groups. Such policy will “hold harmless” any clinician or group submitting data on a suppressed measure. The measures identified… . . . read more.

NEW TRIALS ANNOUNCED

Physicians can report COVID-19 clinical trial data through QPP

Improved availability of data key to driving improvement in patient care and development of innovative practices The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging clinicians who participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), such as physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others, to contribute to scientific research and evidence to fight the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Clinicians may now earn credit in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), a performance-based track of QPP that incentivizes quality and value, for participation in a clinical trial and reporting clinical information by attesting to the new COVID-19 Clinical Trials improvement activity. This action will provide vital data to help drive improvement in patient care and develop innovative best practices to manage the spread of COVID-19 within communities. “The best scientific and… . . . read more.

CMS QPP

MIPS data submission deadline extended to April 30

The 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data submission deadline has been extended by 30 days to April 30, 2020. In general, if you have already submitted MIPS data or if you submit MIPS data by April 30, 2020, you will be scored and receive a MIPS payment adjustment based on the data you submit. Many MIPS eligible clinicians have performed very well in the MIPS program in previous years, says the CMS. If you need to revise any data that has already been submitted you can still make changes by logging into qpp.cms.gov by the new deadline. 2019 MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy Update MIPS eligible clinicians who have not submitted any MIPS data by April 30, 2020 do not need to take any additional action to qualify… . . . read more.

QUALITY PAYMENT PROGRAM

MIPS 2020 payment adjustments in effect based on 2018 performance

In July 2019, each Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinician received a 2018 MIPS Final Score and associated payment adjustment factor(s) as part of their 2018 MIPS performance feedback, available on the Quality Payment Program website. 2020 MIPS payment adjustments, based on each MIPS eligible clinician’s 2018 MIPS final score, will now be applied to payments made for Part B covered professional services payable under the Physician Fee Schedule. Payment adjustments are determined by the final score associated with your Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)/National Provider Identifier (NPI) combination. MIPS eligible clinicians, identified by TIN/NPI combination for the 2018 performance period, will receive a positive, neutral, or negative MIPS payment adjustment in 2020 if they: Were a clinician type that was included in MIPS; Enrolled in Medicare prior to Jan…. . . . read more.

BILLING & COLLECTIONS

CMS releases 2020 Proposed Rule for the Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its proposed policies for the 2020 performance year of…


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INCREASING PROFITS

Deadline to submit a MIPS Targeted Review Request is this month

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018, your performance feedback, which includes…


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CMS DATA

2017 QPP performance information is now available on Physician Compare

Medicare patients and caregivers are able to use the Physician Compare website to search for and compare…


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MIPS

You have less than one month to submit MIPS Year 2 (2018) Data for the Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially opened the data submission period for…


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MIPS DATA SUBMISSION

The MIPS 2018 data submission period is now open

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System…


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