March 23, 2017
On March 21, 2017, the American Medical Association and 86 state and specialty medical societies submitted a letter requesting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reduce the administrative burden and provide for hardship exemptions for the three legacy physician quality programs: Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Value-based Modifier (VM) in 2018, their final year. Under the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), separate adjustments for these three programs will sunset December 31, 2018.
Specifically the letter requested that CMS:
In closing, the letter indicated that the signatories were open to other options to achieve the overall goal of reducing the administrative burden of MU, PQRS and VM.
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