June 20, 2017
On June 20, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule (CMS-5522-P). Established through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the QPP established two tracks for Medicare physician payment: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
Proposed changes for 2018 have been eagerly awaited because of the expectation that the new Administration might put its mark on implementation. The first year of the QPP, 2017, was established as a transition year. CMS is now describing 2018 as a continued slow ramp-up to encourage clinician participation while maintaining meaningful measurement. Some key proposed policies include:
The QPP Proposed Rule (CMS-5522-P) is available here.
The factsheet is available here.
Comments are due August 21, 2017.
McDermottPlus will be posting a summary and highlights from the Proposed Rule shortly.
McDermottPlus’s multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, data analysts and regulatory and legislative experts are developing resources to help medical professional societies, health service providers and product companies understand and analyze this transformative change to the Medicare physician payment system.