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CMS Offers 3 Listening Sessions on MACRA Proposed Rules

CMS plans to host three web-based listening sessions on the proposed rules for MACRA implementation, such as the Quality Payment Program and MIPS.

By Jacqueline LaPointe

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three opportunities for healthcare stakeholders to learn more about the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on MACRA implementation, according to an official CMS news update.

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services released the MACRA proposed rules, which would end meaningful use, change clinical quality reporting, and adjust value-based reimbursement structures.

CMS plans to offer two webinars and a National Provider Call to help healthcare providers understand the proposed rule. It has also launched a 60-day comment period for healthcare stakeholders to provide feedback on potential MACRA implementation rules.

The first webinar will cover the proposed rules on the Quality Payment Program, a system of value-based payment methods. It will occur on Tuesday, May 3 at noon Eastern Time.

During the webinar, participants will hear about the rule CMS-5517-P during the listening session.

“The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) changes the way Medicare rewards clinicians for providing quality care by streamlining multiple quality programs into a new Quality Payment Program tied to Part B Fee-For-Service payments,” explained CMS. “With the implementation of MACRA and the replacement of the Sustainable Growth Rate, we will pay clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System or Advanced Alternative Payment Models of the Quality Payment Program beginning in 2019.”

To participate in the “Overview of the Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule” webinar, interested entities must register on the CMS event webpage.

The second webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 4 at noon Eastern Time and it will discuss the changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program.

“As one path of the quality payment program, MIPS streamlines three currently independent programs to work as one to ease clinician burden,” stated CMS. “MIPS also adds a fourth component to promote ongoing improvement and innovation to clinical activities. This listening session is an opportunity for stakeholders to provide CMS early feedback on proposed policy for the Quality Payment Program.”

CMS urges participants to review the proposed rule before attending the listening session.

Interested parties can register for the “The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in the Quality Payment Program” webinar on the CMS website.

CMS will also provide a MLN Connects National Provider Call on the Quality Payment Program proposed rule on Tuesday, May 10, at 2:00 Eastern Time.

The hour-long listening session is intended for Part B Fee-For-Service clinicians, state and national organizations that represent healthcare providers, and other healthcare stakeholders, explained CMS.

Through the MACRA call session, CMS aims to receive early feedback on the proposed changes to clinical quality reporting and value-based reimbursement methods.

To register, potential participants should go to the MLN Connects Event Registration webpage.

CMS also noted that there will no question and answer section during the webinars and National Provider Call. It cannot offer this opportunity because of the Administrative Procedure Act.

However, participants can submit comments through the formal feedback process during the 60-day comment period, which is scheduled to end on June 27, 2016.

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