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Solo providers and small practices, take note. Under the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) that starts in 2017, you will get docked more than half a billion dollars in Medicare payments.
You know by now that some NPPs will have to take part in the new quality payment program next year to avoid the 4% pay cut. But in 2017 they will not be graded on one of the four sections of the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System, and you can probably guess which one.
As physician practices grapple with Medicare's onerous quality-reporting programs, worry about ICD-10 implementation and, you know, perform that small task known as caring for their patients, a significant question looms on the horizon: Will they step into the value-based world of alternative payment models (APM)?
I feel you, CMS Acting Adminsitrator Andy Slavitt basically told providers who struggle with CMS' meaningful use requirements on March 2. But his sympathetic comments at the annual HIMSS meeting did not come with details as to how he would make things easier or more effective.

Your EHR vendors may have to make sudden changes -- or even lose their certification -- if the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) finalizes its new proposed rule, which gives ONC a more active "direct review" of electronic health record (EHR) products and relationships, more control over lab testing of products for certification and power to post quarterly "surveillance results" for the public.


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