Patients Over Paperwork
CMS has recently launched the “Patients Over Paperwork” Initiative, a cross-cutting, collaborative process that evaluates and streamlines regulations with a goal to reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiencies, and improve the beneficiary experience. This effort emphasizes a commitment to removing regulatory obstacles that get in the way of providers spending time with patients. The Quality Payment Program final rule with comment period includes the following as part of this initiative:
• Excluding individual MIPS eligible clinicians or groups with less than or equal to $90,000 in Part B allowed charges less than or equal to 200 Part B beneficiaries;
• Including virtual groups as another participation option for year 2;
• Making it easier for clinicians to qualify for incentive payments by participating in Advanced APMs that begin or end in the middle of a year.
Quality Payment Program Year 2: MIPS Highlights
In the Quality Payment Program Year 2, here is how CMS has adopted 2018 policies to further reduce burden and give more ways for eligible professionals (EP) to participate successfully. CMS is keeping many of transition year policies and making some minor changes including:
More Options for Small Practices will be available for successful participation in Quality Payment Program (QPP).
CMS realizes it can be hard for small practices to participate in the Quality Payment Program, so they are continuing to offer tailored flexibilities for groups of 15 or fewer clinicians including:
For more information, please see Quality Payment Program Year 2, Final Rule Overview.