Public Policy

January 29, 2020

ISASS, Medical Community Submit Comments to CMS on Presidential Executive Order on Medicare Reform

On January 15, ISASS was a signatory to a letter to CMS in response to a Request for Information issued by CMS after the White House Executive Order issued on Oct. 3, 2019. In that Executive Order, President Trump issued an Executive Order on “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.” While the Executive Order does not provide legislative or regulatory specifications, it raises policy areas that the President believes need to be addressed to improve the Medicare program. The Executive Order aims to expand enrollment in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to make them more attractive to seniors than the traditional fee-for-service program. Within one year, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is asked to propose regulations and implement other administrative […]
January 29, 2020

CMS Finalizes New MIPS Participation Framework for 2021 Performance Period

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the finalization of a new framework for MIPS participation for the 2021 performance period. The goal of this new framework is to move away from siloed performance category measures and activities and toward an aligned set of measures and activities that are more meaningful to clinicians and patient care. CMS stated they will not immediately eliminate the current MIPS framework. They intend to develop MIPS Value Pathways for 2021 and beyond in collaboration with stakeholders, and ISASS will provide opportunities for dialogue and additional feedback. Read the Fact Sheet here.
January 29, 2020

CMS 2019 Data Submission Period is Now Open

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in the 2019 performance period of the Quality Payment Program. Data can be submitted and updated until 8:00 p.m. EDT on March 31. The data submission period through the CMS Web Interface for ACOs and pre-registered groups and virtual groups also closes on March 31. Quality measures reported via Medicare Part B claims have been submitted throughout the 2019 performance period. Sign in to qpp.cms.gov for your preliminary feedback on Part B claims measure data processed to date. How to Submit Your 2019 MIPS Data Go to the Quality Payment Program website Sign in using your QPP access credentials (see […]
January 29, 2020

New Study Finds Hospital Consolidation Not Shown to Improve Quality

A new study by the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) of nearly 250 hospitals that were acquired between 2009 and 2013 found no evidence that the ownership change improved their quality of care. Compared to peer hospitals that were not acquired, the acquired hospitals actually performed worse on patient experience measures after the merger and did not show significant improvement in patient outcomes or clinical process measures. The study is the first systematic assessment of a broad range of quality impacts on hospitals acquired in a comprehensive set of recent mergers. The research adds to a body of evidence that finds hospital consolidation does not improve quality but does lead to higher prices for patients. Read the full report […]