Advocacy News

February 21, 2016

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AAOS Applauds House for Introducing Legislation to Lift Hospital BanEnerg

CMS Proposes Significant Changes to Medicare Standards for Providers and Suppliers of Prosthetics and Custom-Fabricated Orthotics

CMS Nominee Questioned by Senate Finance Committee

AMA Discusses Regulatory Burden

California Orthopaedic Association Produces Two White Papers on Value-Based Reimbursement

Residents! Attend the Orthopaedic PAC Resident Networking Reception at the 2017 AAOS Annual Meeting

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CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Increase Patients’ Health Insurance Choices for 2018

Political Graphic of the Week

Quality Payment Program Resources

PAC Participation Leader Board by State

Learn More About the Advisor’s Circle

AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online Contribution Center and Mobile

 
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Quality Payment Program Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted new resources to the Quality Payment Program website to help eligible clinicians and data submission vendors successfully prepare to participate in the program. According to the agency email announcement, CMS encourages these eligible clinicians, registries, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and electronic health record (EHR) vendors to visit the website to review the new materials and information, including:

For Clinicians:

For registries, QCDRs and EHR vendors:  

CMS also announced they will continue to update the Educational Resources webpage of the Quality Payment Program website to include additional information and resources throughout 2017.

AAOS Resources

Find all the AAOS-specific resources on the Quality Payment Program by visiting www.aaos.org/macra.

Advanced APMs

On a related note, CMS also recently announced over 359,000 clinicians are confirmed to participate in four of CMS’s Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in 2017. Clinicians who participate in APMs are paid for the quality of care they give to their patients.

“By listening to physicians and engaging them as partners, CMS has been able to develop innovative payment reforms that bring physicians back to the core practice of medicine – caring for the patient,” said then-Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt. “By reducing regulatory burden and paying for quality, CMS is offering solutions that improve the quality of services our beneficiaries receive and reduce costs, to help ensure the Medicare program is sustainable for generations to come.”