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May 30, 2017

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House Ways and Means Medicare Hearing

Sen. Lankford Introduces POH Legislation

Budget Office Releases Score of ACA Repeal Bill

Congratulations to
David D. Teuscher, MD!

Trump Releases 2018 Budget Request

State Corner: AAOS, 25+ Organizations Sign onto Prior Authorization Reform Principles

IPAB Webinar

Political Graphic of the Week

Orthopaedic PAC Capitol Club Reception

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Quality Payment Program News

New Resident PAC
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PAC Participation Leader Board by State

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Quality Payment Program News



The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) then replaced it with the Quality Payment Program. Remember – the Quality Payment Program has two tracks you can choose: Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) OR the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

CMS recently released an interactive tool on the CMS Quality Payment Program website that clinicians can use to determine if they should participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017. To determine your status, enter your national provider identifier (NPI) into the entry field on the tool which can be found on the Quality Payment Program website at https://qpp.cms.gov/. Information will then be provided on whether or not you should participate in MIPS this year and where to find resources.

Generally, you will participate in MIPS in 2017 if you bill Medicare Part B more than $30,000 a year AND see more than 100 Medicare patients a year. If you are new to Medicare in 2017, you do not participate in MIPS. You may also be exempt if you qualify for one of the special rules for certain types of clinicians, or are participating in an Advanced APM. To learn more, review the MIPS Participation Fact Sheet.

Participation Notification Letters

CMS recently sent letters in the mail notifying clinicians of their MIPS participation status. See a sample of the letter (zip) on the Education page of https://qpp.cms.gov/. This tool is another resource for clinicians to use to determine their status.

For More Information

To get the latest information, visit the Quality Payment Program website. The Quality Payment Program Service Center may be reached at 1-866-288-8292 (TTY 1-877-715- 6222), available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM ET or via email at QPP@cms.hhs.gov.

For AAOS Resources

Visit http://www.aaos.org/MACRA-DeliveryReform/.