What’s New in 2017: The Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP)

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February 15, 2017

Some of the most significant provisions affecting Medicare physician payment enacted under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will first take effect in 2017. The new payment provisions, collectively referred to by the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as the “Quality Payment Program” or QPP, describes requirements for physicians to participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and/or qualify for the Advanced Alternative Payment Model
(Advanced APM) Incentive Payment. The performance period on which physicians will initially be assessed under both programs begins in 2017 and will dictate fee-for-service payment updates or APM incentive payments for calendar year 2019.

Read the full article in the February issue of The Physiatrist.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.