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ONC Advisory Committees Finalize Comments on CMS’ Quality Payment Program Proposals

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) held a joint meeting of its Health IT Policy Committee and Health IT Standards Committee on June 23 in Washington, DC. The committees approved final comments addressing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed rule to implement the Quality Payment Program (i.e., Alternative Payment Models [APMs] and Merit-based Incentive Payment System [MIPS]). The approved comments included the following recommendations:

MIPS: Advancing Care Information (ACI, formerly “Meaningful Use”)

  • Shorten the performance period to 6 months
  • Reduce the number of objectives/measures
  • Reweight ACI to the other MIPS categories until 2019 for physicians not previously in the EHR Incentive Program
  • Award bonus points for marked improvement in high-priority areas

MIPS: Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA)

  • Additional integration of health IT
  • Use CPIA as a “test bed” for practicing APM activities

APMs

  • Enable more of a buffer between MIPS (automatic success) and Advanced-APM participation for QPs
  • Additional information about new models with Advanced-APM status

The ONC’s Chief Privacy Officer, Interoperability Experience Task Force, and Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force also provided updates on their respective activities. The committees will jointly convene their next business meeting via webcast on July 27.

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