91 percent of all clinicians are eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participated in the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This exceeded the goal of CMS with 90 percent participation. The submission rates for Accountable Care Organizations were 98 percent and for clinicians in rural practices were at 94 percent.
According to Administrator, CMS Seema Verma, “Even with this high rate of participation, we are committed to removing more of the regulatory burdens that get in the way of doctors and other clinicians spending time with their patients.” CMS reviewed many of the MIPS requirements and developed policies for 2018 that continue to reduce burden, add flexibility, and help clinicians spend less time on unnecessary requirements and more time with patients.
Reduced the number of clinicians that are required to participate, this helped clinicians to provide more focus on patients, and not on computers. This increased the chance for physicians to earn positive payment adjustment. Additionally, Quality Payment Program (QPP) Service Center complemented the technical assistance work by fielding more than 130 million inquiries and delivering world class customer support.
Seema Verma said CMS will use statutory authority provided under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to continue a gradual implementation of requirements for three more years to further reduce burden in areas of MIPS.
CMS helping to healthcare community to explore their ways to reduce clinician burden, strengthen quality, introduce new payment models, develop meaningful measures including for patient safety, and promote interoperability.
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