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CMS Requests Stakeholder Input on Future Regulatory Implementation of SGR Fix

Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its long-anticipated Request for Information (RFI) on implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and promotion of Alternative Payment Models (APMs). The RFI will be formally published in the Federal Register on October 1 for a thirty-day public comment period. The bulk of the actual rulemaking activity is expected to commence next year, with 2019 being the start of the APM/MIPS payment implications.

As background, APM participation was promoted by legislation that permanently repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment formula (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015). Physicians with inadequate proportions of compensation from APMs would alternatively participate in MIPS—an umbrella quality incentive program that will restructure and revamp the existing Medicare quality incentive programs (PQRS, EHR/Meaningful Use, and VBM) into a composite score-driven incentive/penalty structure.

The government relations, economics, and quality and safety components of the ACR staff and leadership are reviewing the RFI as a team and compiling formal comments for submission to CMS. To provide input to ACR on the EHR/Meaningful Use/health IT components of the RFI, please email Michael Peters, ACR Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, at mpeters@acr.org.

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

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