Tag Archive for ‘Merit-based Incentive Payment System’

What to expect from the 2020 Quality Payment Program

What to expect from the 2020 Quality Payment Program

The finalized policies for the 2020 QPP are described as is the College’s position on select portions of the final rule, including MIPs Value Pathways, which is a new participation option for 2021.

Medicare physician payment on the decline: It’s not your imagination

Medicare physician payment on the decline: It’s not your imagination

Congressional attempts to control Medicare physician spending through anti-inflationary policies are highlighted as are the future of Medicare payment updates under MACRA.

What to expect from the 2019 Quality Payment Program

What to expect from the 2019 Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated policies for the 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) as part of the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) final rule issued November 1, 2018.1 This article explores the finalized policies affecting the QPP and the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) positions on select portions of the […]

QPP 2018 MIPS performance category weights

Quality Payment Program year two: Information to help you succeed in 2018

Factors determining MIPS applicability are examined as are 2018 reporting options for the Quality Payment Program.

Surgeons in the OR

Regulatory burden reduction

This column provides an overview of efforts to reduce regulatory burdens on surgeons, looks at the regulations that are most onerous for surgeons, and describes ACS recommendation for reducing or eliminating these encumbrances.

Figure 1. Geographic CBO Coverage by Organization

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System for small and rural practices

Describes the challenges small and rural practices transitioning to Quality Payment Program may face and outlines reporting requirements to help these practices succeed in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

Doctor with file

Alternative Payment Models

Summarizes the purpose of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and the ACS-Brandeis Advanced (A-APM) proposal.

2017 Performance Category Weights

QPP in 2017: Navigating the transition year

This article outlines the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) components, explains reporting requirements for individuals and groups, and summarizes the transition to MIPS in 2017.


Value-based health care: How to succeed in a bundled care APM

This article describes bundling and Accountable Care Organizations as they relate to the Advanced Alternative Payment Model plan and provides lessons learned by one institution that developed bundled care packages to improve quality of care and control costs.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – November 2016

Dr. Hoyt’s column provides an overview of the new Quality Payment Program and summarizes the ACS resources and services available to Fellows who are preparing for the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

MIPS: Composite Performance Score Year 1: Weight by Category

The new Medicare physician reimbursement system: Building the Quality Payment Program

This article highlights the early stages of implementation of the Quality Payment Program under the MACRA and how it will likely affect surgical practice.

Preparing for MACRA implementation

This column describes the reimbursement systems that will replace the sustainable growth rate formula and offers recommendations on how surgeons can prepare for the transition.

What’s next? The future of Medicare physician payment in the post-SGR era

The efforts leading up to the repeal of the sustainable growth rate payment formula are described in this article as are the payment mechanisms available under the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act, including a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System.


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