PAI weighs in on 2018 Medicare QPP update

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) has submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to weigh in on the proposed 2018 Medicare ‘Updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP),’ which were published in the Federal Register on June 30. 

The August 21 letter addresses the Merit-based incentive payment system’s (MIPS) low-volume thresholds; MIPS submission mechanisms; MIPS performance category weights and requirements; MIPS performance scoring; the MIPS audit, targeted review, and appeal processes; MIPS virtual groups; MIPS Advanced alternative payment models (APMs); Medicare Advanced APMs; and Other-Payer Advanced APMs.

The letter concludes that, “Overall, PAI supports CMS’s efforts to streamline and reduce unnecessary burdens placed on physician practices and continuing transition year policies for the second MIPS performance period.”

PAI’s mission is to “advance fair and transparent payment policies and contractual practices by payers and others in order to sustain the profession of medicine for the benefit of patients.” 

Medical Association of Georgia Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. serves on PAI’s Board of Directors. 

Click for PAI’s letter 

Click for PAI’s ‘MACRA QPP Resource Center’

Click for PAI’s website