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CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Updates to Increase Flexibility and Reduce Burdens

Jun 20, 2017
Proposed Rule Aims to Simplify Reporting Requirements and Offer Support for Doctors and Clinicians in 2018  
 
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). CMS’s goal is to simplify the program, especially for small, independent, and rural practices, while ensuring fiscal sustainability and high-quality care within Medicare.

“We’ve heard the concerns that too many quality programs, technology requirements, and measures get between the doctor and the patient,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “That’s why we’re taking a hard look at reducing burdens. By proposing this rule, we aim to improve Medicare by helping doctors and clinicians concentrate on caring for their patients rather than filling out paperwork. CMS will continue to listen and take actionable steps towards alleviating burdens and improving health outcomes for all Americans that we serve.”

Your Academy is already looking at the proposed rule and will be sending in comments to CMS. We will keep you updated throughout this process and urge you to email healthpolicy@aapmr.org with any questions. 

For a fact sheet on the proposed rule, please click here.

The proposed rule (CMS-5522-P) can be downloaded from the Federal Register here.