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MACRA and the Quality Payment Program
Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP)
COVID-19 Flexibilities In response to ACP advocacy, CMS extended the MIPS extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exception due to COVID-19 through 2021. Applications for the 2021 performance year are due December 31, 2021. Find more information here. CMS separately announced flexibilities for several APMs due to COVID-19. For more information, access this CMS fact sheet.
Final 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule/QPP Final Rule CMS finalized the rule on Dec. 1, 2020. Read ACP’s detailed analysis of the final rule.
Alternative Payment Models
Alternatively, clinicians can choose to participate in one or more of the available Alternative Payment Model (APMs). APMs vary in design, but all aim to restructure payments in a way that financially incentivize low-cost, high-value care. In addition to any model-specific payments they receive, clinicians who significantly participate in models that meet certain requirements for advanced technology, quality, and financial risk capabilities are excluded from participating in MIPS and can earn a 5% Medicare bonus. Learn more
Other Value-Based Payment Reform Efforts
Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, and private payers have increasingly been developing their own quality performance programs and APMs. To the right is the breakdown of value-based payments for commercial, Medicaid Advantage, and Medicaid payers, based on 2019 data.
Advocacy Efforts from ACP
Learn about ACP’s latest advocacy efforts to reform and improve the Quality Payment Program. Learn more
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