In May, a group of national medical specialty societies provided input to federal lawmakers and regulators on steps to improve the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP). In a document released to U.S. Members of Congress and to administrators with the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the societies outlined several areas where lawmakers and regulators could improve the current Medicare QPP. The QPP is intended to provided payment and incentives to healthcare providers for improving quality and value to patients.
Among the recommendations were updates to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under QPP and the Alternative Payment Model (APM) system under QPP.
For MIPS, recommendations included:
For APMs, recommended actions included:
These actions together are recommended to achieve the goals of the original MACRA legislation to better align payment policies with quality care and improved patient reported outcomes.
Read Full Set of Recommended Actions here: MACRA Improvements 2019
UPDATE: Subsequent to the submission of recommended actions, a coalition of medical specialty societies, including ISASS, submitted a formal letter to both house of the U.S. Congress. The letter spelled out the recommended actions and asked Congress to take up legislation to accomplish the improvements and updates.
Read Letter here: 2019-5-23 MACRA Federation Sign-on Letter FINAL