The 3 Policies Controlling Physician Reimbursements

Three big CMS moves have affected physician reimbursements in the last 10 years, according to VMG Health’s 2023 mergers and acquisitions report released on March 21: Here are the three CMS policies: In April 2015, the Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which permanently removed the sustainable growth rate formula under the […]
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Final Rule Updates MIPS for 2021 and Beyond

CMS continues to phase in the Quality Payment Program while MACRA mandates loom. The long-awaited Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule, now pending publication in the Federal Register, finalizes proposed updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and its two tracks — the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternate Payment Models (APMs) — for performance year […]
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How Urology Coding Changed In 2020

As 2020 winds down, typically everyone from newscasters to sports reporters to anyone with a Twitter handle will write a “Year in Review” article, adding their predictions for the upcoming year. So we thought we would do the same – take a look back and also a look ahead. 2020 has been a fascinating year. […]
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Clinicians Serving Socially At-Risk at a Disadvantage Under MIPS

Clinicians who served more patients with social risk factors such as low income performed worse in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System’s inaugural payment year, and therefore, received unfavorable value-based reimbursement, according to a new study. The study recently published in Health Affairs found that out of 510,020 clinicians participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2019, […]
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Exploring MIPS 2020: Keys for Physicians To Know

In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced proposed modifications to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). As physician practices work to understand what’s changed, there are certain aspects of which they need to be aware. The following sections provide key takeaways and offer strategies for meeting the coming year’s requirements. Threshold […]
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Prior Authorizations, Quality Payment Program Burden Practices

86% of medical group practices in an MGMA report said regulatory burden rose in the last year, with prior authorizations and the Quality Payment Program adding to that burden. A vast majority of medical group practices experienced growing regulatory burden in the last year, with prior authorizations and Medicare’s Quality Payment Program topping their list […]
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Unpacking Proposed Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Changes

CMS recently proposed Merit-Based Incentive Payment System changes in 2020 and beyond, including a new participation framework and higher performance thresholds. CMS is planning to overhaul reporting for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in order to make the pay-for-performance program less burdensome and more meaningful to providers, according a recently proposed rule. As reported last week, […]
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CMS Unveils New MIPS ‘Framework’ Aimed at Reducing Reporting Burden

The Trump administration has proposed updates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) it says would ease the quality reporting burdens in the program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a new framework for MIPS called MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) with the goal of making it easier for physicians to participate in the program. Under […]
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