The MACRA QPP 2018 Final Rule: Is It a Glass Half-Empty or a Glass Half-Full?

What one thinks of the QPP CY 2018 final rule could depend on a number of factors, including where one “sits” in the healthcare stakeholder constellation

November 7, 2017 – The release last Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the final rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for calendar year 2018 under the MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) law—including its MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) component—has unleashed a predictable mix of reactions and responses from healthcare leaders and organizations.

SA Ignite’s Tom Lee told Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal that he believes that, by raising the cost category weight in MIPS to 10 percent in 2018—from 0 percent in the proposal—and then to 30 percent in 2019 (which is mandated in the MACRA law), government officials are telling clinicians that “they are very serious about the cost category.” As he put it, “If they kept it at 0 percent for next year, it would be a disservice to clinicians since they won’t have the right level of motivation to take a close look at that category.”

Read what others had to say in the full Healthcare Informatics article.  


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