“AAOS is pleased CMS has listened to physician feedback, and we commend the agency for incorporating changes that will address a number of our concerns,” said Wilford K. Gibson, MD, Chair of the AAOS Council on Advocacy. “The program remains overly complex and there are continued issues regarding access to data and Advanced APM qualification for specialists, but we are extremely encouraged by proposals that improve the program for providers and ensure quality care for Medicare beneficiaries. The provisions related to virtual groups, expanding the low-volume threshold, and delaying 2015 CEHRT are especially welcomed. Further, we applaud the agency for continuing the ‘Pick Your Pace’ transition period, allowing physicians to more successfully meet the challenges of implementation and participation. We look forward to continuing our work with CMS to further improve the Quality Payment Program and ensure physician payment reform ultimately improves the care of musculoskeletal patients.”
For further information and resources, visit www.aaos.org/macra-deliveryreform.
Read the CMS press release online here: https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2017-Press-releases-items/2017-06-20.html.
Read the CMS fact sheet on the proposed rule here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/Proposed-rule-fact-sheet.pdf.
Read the proposed rule here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-13010.pdf.
Additionally, on Monday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m. ET, CMS will host an overview webinar on the Medicare Quality Payment Program Year 2 proposed rule. Join the webinar to hear CMS policy experts provide an overview of proposed participation requirements for the second year of the Quality Payment Program. Webinar details:
- Title: Medicare Quality Payment Program Year 2 Proposed Rule Overview
- Date: Monday, June 26
- Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
- Register: http://engage.vevent.com/rt/communique_conf/index.jsp?seid=280
Follow the AAOS Office of Government Relations on Twitter: @AAOSAdvocacy