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AMA Webinars

With many feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), physicians struggle to answer one key question – Where do I start? To help assuage this issue, the AMA has released a new customizable resource – the MIPS Action Plan – that breaks down the complexity of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of QPP into specific actionable steps. In this 1-hour webinar, attendees will learn how to use this tool to create and/or validate their strategies for MIPS implementation in 2017. Chris Botts, AMA Care Delivery and Payment Manager will be the presenter. Click here to register.

CMS Makes Major MACRA Implementation Announcement

Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS, announced CMS heard concerns expressed by the AMA and other physician organizations about the proposed start date for performance reporting by physicians under the new payment systems created by the MACRA. CMS announced that the final MACRA regulation will exempt physicians from any risk of penalties if they choose one of three distinct MIPS reporting options in 2017, in addition to the option of participating in an advanced APM.

Payments, Penalties to Change Post-SGR

With the repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula comes a new, consolidated quality reporting program for Medicare. Physician practices may be faced with bonus payments and financial penalties under the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS).