2018 CMS Quality Payment Program

October 9, 2017
Exclusive to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, this Resource Guide on the Advanced APM Track of the Quality Payment Program complements the Qualifying APM Participant Look-up Tool, recently released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It is intended to serve as a quick reference for key aspects of participation under the Advanced APM Track of the Quality Payment Program (e.g. Advanced APM criteria, QP thresholds, and more) and includes information collected across multiple sources, including policies finalized in last year’s rule and additional proposals in the CY 2018 proposed rule.

August 21, 2017
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology provided feedback on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ ongoing implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), primarily the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), as well as aspects of the Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive, and the impact on A/I professionals and beneficiaries they serve. See document here.

June 20, 2017
On June 20, 2017, CMS issued its 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, which addresses requirements related to participation under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) pathways created under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. Here is a summary of the rule, prepared by Hart Health Strategies, Inc. Please note the Table of Contents and embedded links throughout the summary, which should help you to navigate the rule and easily reference specific sections.

In general, CMS will continue to treat year two of the program as another transition year and largely maintain program flexibility. CMS’ stated goal is to simplify the program, especially for small, independent, and rural practices, while ensuring fiscal sustainability and high-quality care within Medicare.

The AAAAI will be preparing and submitting comments on this proposal. If you have any comments, please contact advocacy@aaaai.org.

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