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Health Policy News November 2016

This issue of Health Policy News focuses on recent developments in payment and delivery system reform.  After receiving more than 4,000 comments on its proposed rules, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) promulgated final rules implementing the new Quality Payment Program, advancing performance-based measures under Medicare, as required by the Medicare Access and ...

CMS finalizes rules on new Medicare payment methodologies for clinicians

On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules to implement a new Quality Payment Program which includes the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs).  The new program is authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  That landmark ...

Health Policy News February 2016

Quality has been top of focus across the health care world.  Whether it be related to coverage, care or other consumer services, there has been ongoing movement to advance quality. Broadly, the definition of “quality” includes buzzwords we are all familiar with: access, cost effectiveness, cost transparency, value and high level of care. This edition ...

CMS and AHIP announce alignment in physician quality measures

On February 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced multi-payer alignment and simplification of core quality measures to be used in calculating quality-based payments for seven physicians’ services specialties.  Multi-payer alignment is expected to reduce the reporting burden for providers and to accelerate the nationwide ...