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October 18, 2019

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ACP Regulatory News

ACP Applauds Proposals to Increase Medicare Payment for Cognitive Care, Simplify Documentation

ACP provides some recommendations to the schedule and offers a wider list of recommendations regarding the Quality Payment Program.


Reaction to Executive Order on Future of Medicare Mixed

ACP supports strategies to reduce unnecessary administrative burden and allow beneficiaries to choose preferred plan but cautions against providing any favor to Medicare Advantage plans.


Advocacy in Action

ACP Joins Others in Advising CMS on Best Ways to Reduce Prior Authorization Burdens

Medical groups call for comprehensive approach that provides improved transparency and does not focus solely on automation.


Quick Hits

Celebrate National Internal Medicine Day on October 28

ACP has officially established National Internal Medicine Day on the National Day Calendar, which will be celebrated on October 28 each year. This day recognizes internal medicine specialists and subspecialists who are united by a commitment to excellence and who make a difference in the lives of their patients every day.

Join ACP in sharing your internal medicine pride by:

  • Flooding the internet with internal medicine pride: recognize a colleague, thank a mentor, or tell your story.
  • Using the official hashtags – #NationalInternalMedicineDay and #IMproud – in social media posts.
  • Joining the #NIMdayChat Twitter chat on October 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET co-hosted by ACP's Council of Early Career Physicians, Council of Resident/Fellow Members, and Council of Student Members.
  • Visiting acponline.org/NIMDay for more ways to celebrate, including downloadable materials and social media content that you can customize.
  • Following ACP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and like and share our posts.
  • Submitting an entry to ACP's I.M. Proud contest for a chance to win prizes and be featured on ACP's website.

CMS Updates QPP Participation Status Tool

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool based on the second snapshot of data from Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities. The second snapshot includes data from Medicare Part B claims with dates of service between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019. The tool includes 2019 Qualifying APM Participant (QP) and Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) APM participation status. To learn more about how CMS determines QP and APM participation status for each snapshot, please view the QP Methodology Fact Sheet.


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