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MACRA Quality Payment Program

Eligibility, Hardship Exemptions, and Special Status: Decoding the Vocabulary of MIPS

As more and more details of the MIPS program are distributed, it would be easy for providers to get confused about the difference between phrases like “special status,” “eligibility requirements,” and “hardship exemptions.” So what does “special status” mean? Who qualifies for a hardship exemption? And are you even eligible to participate in the program? Read more

Proposed Changes to the Medicare Fee Schedule that Could Affect Emergency Physicians

Emergency physicians may benefit from future changes in Medicare billing policy outlined in the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released earlier in June. CMS is asking for comments on two different guidelines that could ease documentation guidelines and improve reimbursement for coding and billing E/M services in the emergency department. Read more

Proposed Changes to the Medicare Quality Payment Program

A proposed rule updating the Medicare Quality Payment Program was released on June 30, 2017, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. While changes were recommended to both tracks of the QPP (Advanced APMs and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System), we will highlight those affecting MIPS since more physicians will participate in that track, at least in the initial years of the program. Read more

The High Cost of Quality Reporting

Back in mid-March, dozens of healthcare organizations sent a letter to newly-confirmed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma urging the federal government to reduce the burden and penalties associated with quality reporting. But just how high are those costs? Read more

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