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Your Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) will send your practice a letter before the end of May to let you know whether you have to participate in the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) to avoid a pay cut.

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).


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