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...
May 30, 2017

MIPS-Exempt? Check Online

By now you should have received a letter from Medicare indicating whether or not you are exempt from the new MIPS reporting requirements.  You can now go online to determine whether your physician is exempt from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System for the 2017 performance period. The 2017 MIPS scores can affect 2019 Medicare payments. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added a national provider identifier (NPI) lookup tool to its Quality Payment Program website. Physicians who bill Medicare can use the tool to find out if they are required to submit data to MIPS or if... Read More...


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