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CMS Adds Opportunities for Participation in Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced new opportunities for taking part in advanced alternative payment models (APMs), enabling more clinicians to earn incentive payments under the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) implemented as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

With the additional opportunities, clinicians potentially could earn a 5 percent incentive payment for a growing list of APMs in 2017 and 2018. For example, in 2018, CMS anticipates that clinicians can earn the incentive payments through participation in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model, a new accountable care organization Track 1+ model, and the Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models Track 1.

CMS predicts that by 2018, 25 percent of clinicians in the QPP will be able to earn incentive payments.

CMS will host a QPP informational webinar on Oct. 26.

See additional MACRA resources for essential hospitals, or contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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