Tag: MACRA

HHS Declines to Implement Rural Telehealth Payment Model Recommended by PTAC

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) established the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) to review and assess physician-focused payment models (PFPMs) based on stakeholder proposals submitte...

PTAC Update: Revised Proposal Open for Comment and Secretary’s Responses to Recommendations

Revised “Medical Neighborhood” Payment Model Open for Comment Through March 20 The Physician Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) is soliciting comments through March 20, 2020, on a revised payment model: “The ‘Medical Neighborho...

PTAC Update: New Oncology Medical Home Model Open for Comment

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) is soliciting comments through February 18, 2020, on a new proposed payment model: The Patient-Centered Oncology Payment (PCOP) Model. This model is a multi-payer, community-base...

Secretary Responds to PTAC Recommendations from Sept. and Dec. 2018 Public Meetings

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) established the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) to review and assess physician-focused payment models (PFPMs) based on stakeholder proposals submitte...

CMS Hosts Office Hours for Cost Measure Development

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its measure development contractor, Acumen, LLC, are holding office hour sessions to provide updates on recent work in the area of cost measure development for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Syste...

MedPAC Releases June 2019 Report to Congress: Considers a Number of Payment Innovations for Clinician Payment, Medicare Advantage and Part B Drugs

On June 14, 2019, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its June 2019 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. Each June, as part of its mandate from the Congress, MedPAC reports on issues affecting t...

Provider Groups Send Letter to Congress Calling for Changes to MACRA

On June 3, over 100 national and state medical groups sent a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), asking for refinements to the Medicare Access and CHIP...

Registration Open for June 17 PTAC Public Meeting and Public Comments Accepted Until June 12 on Asthma Proposal

Registration Open for Public Meeting on June 17 The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) recently opened registration for a public meeting on June 17, 2019. Registration and agenda information are available here...

ONC Releases Data Brief on Use of Electronic Records by Office-Based Physicians

As required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently released a report on the use of electronic records by office-based physicians. Overall the report found that interoperabili...

Senate Finance Holds MACRA Hearing on May 8

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 9:30 am ET, the Senate Finance Committee is hosting a hearing titled, “Medicare Physician Payment Reform After Two Years: Examining MACRA Implementation and the Road Ahead.” The hearing intends to assess how well the ...

CMS Hosts Additional Webinars on MIPS and MACRA Measures

Title: MIPS Data Submission for Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program Office Hours – Session 2 Date: March 19, 2019 Time: 2 to 3 pm ET Registration Link: https://engage.v...

MedPAC to Discuss MACRA-Mandated Report on Clinician Payment in Medicare

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requires the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to conduct a mandated report on clinician payment examining the relationship between Medicare’s payments to clinicians and t...

PTAC Submits Report to the Secretary; Registration Open for Upcoming Public Meeting

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) submitted a report to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with its recommendation for the Making Accountable Sustainable Oncology Networks (MASO...

PTAC Updates Submission Guidelines and CMMI Releases Model Development and Testing Factsheet

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) released updated submission guidelines. Established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), PTAC reviews proposals submitted by the public on physician payme...

PTAC Update: Preliminary Review Team Reports Released for Dec. 10 Public Meeting

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) released Preliminary Review Team (PRT) reports for two physician-focused payment model (PFPM) proposals that are on the agenda for the public meeting scheduled for December 10, 2...

PTAC Update: PTAC Submits Four Reports to the Secretary and One New Proposal Open for Comment

Reports to the Secretary The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) transmitted four reports to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services contai...

GAO Makes PTAC Appointments

On October 18, 2018 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the appointment of two new members to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). The newly appointed members are Angelo Sinopoli, MD

CMS Announces Field Testing of 13 Cost Measures through October 31, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen, LLC, are conducting field testing for 13 cost measures before consideration of their potential use in the cost performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment ...

CMS Awards Funding for Quality Measure Development

On September 21, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the selection of seven applicants to receive cooperative agreement awards through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Funding Opportuni...

PTAC Recommends Models for Implementation and Limited Scale Testing at September 2018 Meeting

The Physician-Focused Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) met September 6-7, 2018, in Washington, DC, to review four proposed payment models. At the recent meeting, PTAC recommended one model for implementation, two models for limited-scale testing a...

MedPAC to Discuss Mandated Report on Clinician Payment in Medicare at September 6th Meeting

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requires the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to conduct a mandated report on clinician payment examining the relationship between Medicare’s payments to clinicians and t...

Registration Open for September 6-7, 2018, PTAC Meeting

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) recently opened registration for a public meeting on September 6-7, 2018. Registration and agenda information is available here.   The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthoriza...

CMS Opens Application for Medicare Advantage Qualifying Incentive Arrangement Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now accepting applications for the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Incentive Arrangement (MAQI) demonstration project under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Quality Pay...

Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Hosts Hearing on MIPS

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled MACRA and MIPS: An Update on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.  Five witnesses from national physician organizations testified...

CMS Launches MAQI Demonstration Website

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a webpage dedicated to the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) demonstration.  This demonstration is intended to exempt certain clinicians with sufficient ...

PTAC Update: Comments Requested on New Proposal, Statements from CMS Administrator and PTAC Chair, and New Letter of Intent

PTAC Solicits Comments on a New Proposal The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) is soliciting comments until July 23, 2018 on a proposal for a new physician-focused payment model (PFPM):