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MACRA, QPP Resources

Your resources for MACRA, MIPS, QPP and more

The new reality is that most vascular surgeons will be reporting patient data to Medicare's Quality Payment Program (QPP) in some fashion from now on, with carrots and sticks to inspire participation.

All participating surgeons will need to have their 2017 data in by March 31, 2018. Participating now will mean that Medicare reimbursements will not be penalized in 2019, and ongoing participation will incur bonuses and rewards as the chart at left from the Vascular Quality Initiative explains. Those who qualify to participate but choose not to, will incur reimbursement penalties of 9 percent starting in 2022.

SVS and VQI have provided the following list of handy web links to information that can help members navigate the process. This page will be continuously updated with new resources.

NOTE: Oct. 2, 2017 was the deadline to begin collecting data, which then needs to be submitted by March 31, 2018.  Those who have not started yet should consider backtracking and compiling data from Oct. 2 to the end of the year to be able to report in 2018 and avoid a penalty in 2019.

Updates

Quality Payment Program Year 2 / Final Rule Overview (pdf)

information

Vascular Quality Initiative Resource Library - Search under "Quality Improvement" and "Regulatory Guidelines."

VQI webinars:

VQI and Qualified Clinical Data Registry Can Help You with MIPS

Latest updates on how to use VQI Registries to meet regulatory requirements using VQI Registries and data.

Under the MACRAscope: Quality Payment Articles from JVS

Monthly topics published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery and JVS-Venous and Lymphatic Disorders

2017

November
The five things we all need to know about MACRA and alternative payment systems to compete and flourish

October
MIPS: Clinical practice improvement activities
What is an Advanced Alternative Payment Model?

September
Cost measurement and payment implications in the Quality Payment Program
How to submit a MIPS quality measure if you are not participating in an approved registry

August
Avoid the 4% penalty: Pace yourself into MIPS by October 2, 2017

July  
There is still time to avoid the 4% CMS payment penalty
MIPS: Clinical practice improvement activities

June
ACA repeal will not affect MACRA

May
Utilizing registries to meet Medicare reimbursement requirements
The vascular surgeon's roadmap to success in the Quality Payment Program
Utilizing registries to meet Medicare reimbursement requirements

April
Medicare's new quality payment program for physicians: An overview

January
What is an Advanced Alternative Payment Model?

2016
December

Cost measurement and payment implications in the Quality Payment Program 
How to submit a MIPS quality measure if you are not participating in an approved registry

Other Resources

Washington issues that affect U.S. members

Work Progressing on Official SVS Advanced Alternative Payment Model. (Oct. 5, 2017) After nearly six months of preliminary work, the APM Task Force now is focusing on developing a vascular-specific Advanced Alternative Payment Model.

Task Force Formed to Create Alternative Payment Model. (May 12, 2017)

SVS Supports Repeal of Independent Payment Advisory Board. (June 23, 2017) The Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the 2010 Affordable Care Act to control Medicare spending, threatens the ability of Congress to ensure access to needed health care, say SVS advocacy staff and members. Read more.

Washington Update: Interview with Dr. Sideman. (Aug. 16, 2017) Many surgeons remain unaware of MACRA’s details and ramifications. "There are going to be a lot of people who will be blindsided by this as it kicks in," Dr. Sideman warns.

SVS Supports Medical Liability Reform Bill. (July 26, 2017) Legislation is modeled after medical liability reform laws already in place in Texas and California, among other states that have a positive effect on increasing access to care and keeping health care costs affordable for patients and physicians.

CMS to Cover Supervised Exercise Therapy. (May 26, 2017) Up to 36 sessions over a 12-week period are covered if all of the components of a SET program are met.

SVS Efforts in Washington Pay Off for Members (May 12, 2017) Advocacy staff and volunteers chalk up wins.

Committee Spotlight: What's Coming? Changes to ACA but MACRA Stays (Jan. 23, 2017)

Washington Update: Highlights of the Final MACRA Rule (Dec. 6, 2016)

Priority Government Relations Issues

Washington Update: Physician Fee Schedule Includes Positive Changes