171,000 EPs are facing MU payment penalties in 2017


According CMS, 171,000 EPs are facing payment penalties in 2017 for failing to meet meaningful use requirements in 2015. While still a sizeable figure, the numbers are down from years previous. In 2016, 209,000 EPs were subject to penalization leading to a 2-percent decrease in Medicare reimbursement, and in 2015 there were almost 257,000 professionals incurring these adjustments. Though there Continue reading

CMS announces additional opportunities for clinicians under the Quality Payment Program


Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced more new opportunities for clinicians to join Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) to improve care and earn additional incentive payments under the Quality Payment Program, which implements the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Beginning in January and February 2017, CMS will open applications for new rounds Continue reading

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CMS Finalizes Rules for the Health Insurance Marketplace, Improving Stability


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters final rule and the final Annual Letter to Issuers for 2018, which will further strengthen the Health Insurance Marketplace that millions of Americans rely on for health coverage. The primary focus of the notice — risk stabilization — complements recent announcements that improve the risk pool, including actions to address Continue reading

CMS Releases 2015 National Health Expenditures


CMS Releases 2015 National Health Expenditures In 2015, per-capita health care spending grew by 5.0 percent and overall health spending grew by 5.8 percent, according to a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published today as a Web First by Health Affairs. Those annual rates continue to be below the rates Continue reading