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Transitioning to Quality Payment, January 1, 2017

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 14:14 / by Dr Kim Kuebler

The Quality Payment Program's first performance period under MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act), legislation will open on January 1, 2017 and will close December 31, 2017. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services predict 88% of Medicare providers will fall under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System or MIPS beginning as early as January 1, 2017 or as late as October 2, 2017. The data gleaned from the 2017 performance analysis of MIPS providers (Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Certified Nurse Anesthetists) will undergo payment adjustments based on performance effective January 1, 2019.

MIPS replaces the:

  • Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (Meaningful Use)
  • Physician Quality Reporting System and the
  • Value-Based Payment Modifier

Stay current and informed and subscribe to the Quality Payment Program listserv to receive reminders and important deadlines.

To subscribe, visit the Quality Payment Program portal and select "Subscribe to Email Updates" in the footer. The Education & Tools page includes program resources to help you learn more about eligibility and how to participate.

Dr Kim Kuebler

Written by Dr Kim Kuebler

Dr. Kim Kuebler is the Medical Team Leader for Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians, Savannah, GA. She is an Adult Nurse Practitioner graduate from Emory University's School of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate from Vanderbilt University.