Quality Payment Program Exceeds Year 1 Participation Goal

CMS Blog (05/31/18) Verma, Seema

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator (CMS) Seema Verma writes that 91 percent of all clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participated in the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), exceeding the agency's goal of 90 percent participation. She notes that after only eight months, significant progress has been made through CMS' Patients over Paperwork initiative, including more streamlined regulations, increased efficiencies, and improved care for patients. CMS also reviewed many of the MIPS requirements and developed policies for 2018 that continue to reduce burden, add flexibility, and help clinicians spend less time on unnecessary requirements, according to Verma. Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, CMS gained additional authority to continue its gradual implementation of certain requirements for three more years to further reduce burden in areas of MIPS. Verma praises the networks supporting the free technical assistance available to clinicians, specifically the Small, Underserved, and Rural Support initiative, Quality Innovation Networks, and the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, who strived to help clinicians familiarize themselves with the program so they can successfully participate. CMS also has added new bonus points for clinicians who are in small practices, treat complex patients, or use 2015 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record Technology exclusively, enhancing the opportunity for clinicians to earn a positive payment adjustment, says Verma.

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