Physician & Practice Timeline
Professional Requirements & Opportunities®
Following is a helpful at-glance summary of upcoming important dates related to a variety of regulatory, payment, and delivery system changes and requirements. Check back frequently for updated information.
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SGR Repeal Update
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2) was overwhelmingly passed by the House on March 26, and by the Senate on April 14. The President signed the bill on April 16.
This law permanently repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, provides a realistic transition period to a new merit-based incentive program that would harmonize and improve the existing reporting programs, creates a pathway for physicians to earn higher bonus payments for joining an alternative payment model (APM), and creates strong incentives for physicians who practice in Patient-Centered Medical Homes. More details.
Open Payments Review and Dispute Process Now Open
CMS collects information from applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) in order to report on their financial relationships with physicians and hospitals. Open Payments is the program that collects this data and makes it publicly available.
Physicians will have until May 21, 2015 to review and dispute any information reported about them before it becomes public on June 30, 2015. See the timeline below for information on accessing the Open Payments system.
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NOTE: Ongoing Items are listed on the BOTTOM of this printout.
: Ongoing Items
Check the items below for guidance on what you should be working on, collecting, and thinking about right now.