September 21, 2017

CMS Releases Quality Data Reporting Results for 2016

CMS released two reports on September 18, 2017 detailing group and individual eligible professional’s participation results in the 2016 PQRS and Value-Based Modifier progams. These results include penalty and bonus information that will impact Part B reimbursement in 2018. Physicians and groups have until December 1, 2017 to appeal any penalties or bonus payments through the informal review process. To obtain your group's PQRS Feedback Report or for more information and instructions on how to request a review, visit CMS' Informal Review Request
August 22, 2017

Advancing Care Information Hardship Exceptions

Does your practice qualify for a Hardship Exception for a portion of 2017 MIPS scoring?  For those who qualify, CMS is reweighting the Advancing Care Information performance category, currently 25% of your total score, to 0%.  The 25% weighting is then reallocated to the quality performance category which will now be 80% of your score instead of the original 60%.  Examples of those who may qualify are practices that are adopting an electronic health records system (EHR) for the first time, or switching to a new EHR platform.  For more information and to apply for the Hardship Application,... Read More...
July 19, 2017

Proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The proposed 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule includes 11 specialty groups tapped too receive additional payments for their services.  Among the specialties slated for an increase are clinical social workers with a 3% increase, followed by clinical psychologists with a 2% increase.  Several other specialties would receive a 1% increase, such as physcial/occupational therapy, geriatrics, hand surgery, psychiatry, podiatry, physical medicine, radiation oncology and radiation therapy centers, chiropractors, and infectious disease.  The biggest hit would be for diagnostic testing facilities... Read More...


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