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AAHKS Comments on CMS Patient Relationship Codes

As part of their Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), CMS is developing categories of patient relationship codes for use in episodes of care. While AAHKS believes that these codes can ultimately be useful for patient care, some changes do need to be made before utilization. This will be an evolving process but initial comments can be found in… Read More

AAHKS Nominee Selected for Dr. Nathan Davis Award

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer, has been selected for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. AAHKS President William A. Jiranek, MD, nominated Dr. Conway for his career in public service in the federal government. Dr. Jiranek stated that Dr. Conway “uses… Read More

What are Your Options for QPP this Year?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP) began on January 1, 2017. You should submit at least one measure between now and October 2, 2017 to ensure you do not incur a payment penalty; however, you get to pick your pace for the QPP. If you’re ready, you can begin anytime between January… Read More

AAHKS Member Considered for HHS Appointment

Representative Tom Price (R-GA) is on the short list of candidates to be Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Price is an orthopaedic surgeon and AAHKS member from Roswell, Georgia. As a senior member of the Ways & Means Committee, and Chairman of the Budget Committee, Dr. Price has spearheaded discussions around fair… Read More

CMS Releases Final MACRA Regulations

CMS released the eagerly-awaited Final Rule implementing the new Medicare physician Quality Payment Program (QPP) as authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The QPP incentivizes quality physician services through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) which adjusts Medicare reimbursement beginning in 2019 based on physician performance measured in 2017 and beyond. Physicians… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMS Proposed Rule

AAHKS sent a comment letter to CMS regarding their proposed rule Advancing Care Through EPMs; Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the CJR. This rule builds on MACRA and proposes development of “BPCI-like” volunteer episode payment models that would meet the requirements for being an Advanced APM as well as allowing CJR to qualify as an… Read More

“Pick your Pace” when it comes to MACRA, CMS Announces

CMS Acting Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced yesterday in a blog post that CMS will allow for 4 options for implementation of MACRA, which replaces the repealed SGR, on January 1. Administrator Slavitt stated “During 2017, eligible physicians and other clinicians will have multiple options for participation. Choosing one of these options would ensure you do not receive a… Read More

AAHKS Comments on MPFS and OPPS

Two letters sent to CMS this week from AAHKS Executive Director, Michael J. Zarski, JD, provide comments on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). These comments are offered in anticipation of continued close collaboration with CMS to ensure payment reforms benefit from AAHKS expertise and experience in TJA procedures. »… Read More

AAHKS Front and Center with CMS, Capitol Hill

AAHKS Leaders at Capitol Hill

AAHKS representatives, Jay R. Lieberman, MD, Immediate Past President, Mark I. Froimson, MD, First Vice President, Richard Iorio, MD, Health Policy Council Chair, Michael J. Zarski, JD, Executive Director, and Joshua Kerr, Director of Advocacy, met this week with Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer. They discussed the proposed… Read More

AAHKS Leaders to Visit CMS and Capitol Hill

AAHKS leadership are heading to Baltimore and Washington, DC, to meet with officials from the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and Members of Congress. Discussion will revolve around Advanced Alternate Payment Model (APM) requirements, and how more AAHKS members can become eligible for receiving payment enhancements.