MGMA to CMS: Support group practices in 2018 Quality Payment Program
MGMA submitted comments in response to the final rule outlining the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment model (APM) requirements for 2018. The Association expressed disappointment that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contradicted its aim to reduce regulatory burden, highlighted by the agency's “patients over paperwork” initiative, and instead finalized several policies that will increase red tape, such as a full-year quality reporting period in 2018. To reduce regulatory burden, MGMA recommended CMS take five high-impact steps, including:
1. Shorten the minimum reporting period to any 90 consecutive days;
2. Reduce the total number of MIPS measures;
3. Decrease reporting redundancy by counting performance across MIPS categories;
4. Provide participants actionable, quarterly feedback; and
5. Release necessary program information before the start of the performance period.
MGMA also recommended CMS refine the low-volume threshold application to group practices, opposed a proposal to sub-divide group practices for purposes of collecting more data, and called for more flexibility at the outset of the Other Payer Advanced APM option. Read the full comment letter and access member-exclusive resources to help your practice succeed in these programs at MGMA’s MACRA Resource Center.
Originally published in the December 20, 2017, issue of MGMA Washington Connection
Reprinted with permission from national MGMA
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