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CMS Will Allow Physicians to Pace Their Participation in the Quality Payment Program

Tuesday, September 20, 2016  
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CMS received feedback on their April proposal for implementing the Quality Payment Program, set to begin on January 1, 2017. In recognition of the wide diversity of physician practices, CMS will allow physicians to pick their pace of participation for the first performance period that begins January 1, 2017. During 2017, eligible physicians and other clinicians will have multiple options for participation. Choosing one of these options would ensure you do not receive a negative payment adjustment in 2019. These options, and other supporting details, will be described fully in the final rule anticipated for release on November 1.

  • First Option: Test the Quality Payment Program
  • Second Option: Participate for part of the calendar year
  • Third Option: Participate for the full calendar year
  • Fourth Option: Participate in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model in 2017

See the full text of this excerpted CMS blog (issued September 8).

For additional information, see the AMA's Understanding Medicare Payment Reform (MACRA) page.


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