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For the first Part B News issue of the year, several experts shared their 2017 health care predictions. Here are more prognostications from Kristen Valdes, founder and CEO of the Baltimore health IT company b.well.

CMS created a slow lane for the quality payment program next year to allow providers more time to get used to the new model. With minimal effort in 2017, providers can avoid a 4% pay cut. However, they'll still be graded, and Medicare will post their scores online, which could impact practice revenue.
Earlier this week, we noticed that the measures specification file on the CMS Quality Payment Program website was missing some specifications for claims-based measures -- for example, measure 1 (Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Poor Control [>9%]). We
Investments in health IT and financial risk-sharing are two big obstacles standing in the way of many small practices getting on board with value-based payment models, states a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
You have until Dec. 7 to dispute physician quality reporting and value-based modifier pay cuts. As Part B News has reported, the requests should be detailed because this is a provider or practice's only chance to convince CMS to take a second look at its decision. However, a subscriber noted that there is a character limit for the narratives that can be submitted with the requests and asked if there were any work-arounds. As it turns out, there are.


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