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MACRA and the Quality Payment Program
Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ACP’s advocacy, CMS extended the MIPS extreme and uncontrollable circumstances exception through 2022. Applications for the 2022 performance year are due December 31, 2022. Find more information here. Read more about the QPP COVID-19 response here.
In a white paper released in October 2021, the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) detailed its new strategic vision of transformation of the US health care system by establishing equitable outcomes through high quality, affordable, person-centered care, which closely aligns with the policies of ACP. ACP expressed support for CMMI’s goals in a statement on the white paper. Learn more here.
Alternative Payment Models
APMs structure payment to incentivize quality and value. Clinicians who participate in certain “Advanced APMs” that satisfy advanced risk, quality, and technology requirements may be excluded from MIPS and eligible for 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 2021 data.
Read how ACP advocated on behalf of clinicians and influenced the MACRA Rules:
- ACP Summary of 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) & Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule
- ACP Comments to CMS on 2022 MPQS & QPP Final Rule
Learn about ACP’s latest advocacy efforts to reform and improve the Quality Payment Program. Learn more
For more information or questions or concerns regarding specific QPP/MACRA-related issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage you to discuss QPP/MACRA with your colleagues in the Member Forum on MACRA.
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