2017-08-23 11:53:55 UTC

Aug. 23, 2017

Members helped ensure that CMS heard the voice of GI.

Earlier this week, AGA provided comments on a proposed rule describing potential changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) for the 2018 performance year. AGA thanks the many members who also submitted comments to CMS to tell the agency how proposed changes will impact you. 

For year two, CMS proposed many policies that increase flexibility and incentives under the QPP. However, many proposals target solo practitioners, small practices and other eligible clinicians with special circumstances. While we support these proposals, AGA’s comments to CMS also ask for changes that are needed to make the QPP work for all gastroenterologists, such as reducing the number of points needed to avoid a payment penalty. 

CMS will finalize changes to the QPP during the fall of 2017. Final changes will take effect with the performance period that begins on Jan. 1, 2018. Performance during 2018 will impact payment for services in 2020. AGA members will be notified as soon as the rule is made available by CMS.

Still unsure how to participate in year one? 

Make sure your practice is prepared for the 2017 performance year. If you are eligible to participate in 2017, but choose not to, your rates will decrease by 4 percent in 2019. AGA’s MACRA resource center provides customized advice based on your practice situation to get you on track. It’s not too late to start, but if you wait until Oct. 2, 2017, the deadline to start submitting claims, it will be. Get started now

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Tell CMS How to Improve MIPS Year Two

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Participating in 2017 will help avoid a reimbursement penalty in 2019.