American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

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CMS Addresses AAHKS MDP Comments

CMS published the final Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP) on May 2, 2016. Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., the AAHKS advocacy representative, summarized which of AAHKS’ comments were addressed and which were not in a report submitted this week. Read the report.

Review Open Payment Data by May 15

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the 2015 payment data and updates to the 2013 and 2014 data on June 30, 2016. In order for any disputes to be addressed before the June 30th publication, physicians and teaching hospitals must initiate their disputes during the review period which ends on May 15. Industry must… Read More

CMS Files MACRA Proposed Rule

On Wednesday, April 27, CMS released a 962-page proposed rule to revamp Medicare’s physician pay system. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) replaces the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that can increase or decrease pay based on performance. Physicians may also choose instead to participate in Alternative Payment… Read More

BPCI Extension Available For Awardees

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that awardees who started participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative in October 2013 and are scheduled to end in 2016, are now able to extend participation in Models 2, 3 and 4 through September 30, 2018. CMS reports that as of April 1,… Read More