NCQA Offers Comments to CMS on Quality Payment Program 2018 Rule
Excerpted from article published August 15, 2017 by Rajiv Leventhal, Healthcare Informatics
In June, CMS released the proposed 2018 rule for the QPP, designed with a core focus to simplify the program—especially for small, independent and rural practices. As part of this assistance for smaller practices, CMS is proposing to offer virtual group participation next year, which would allow solo practitioners and small practices to join together to report on MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) requirements as a collective entity—which in theory would ease the burden for these physicians.
In its recent comments to CMS, NCQA said “this is a key step toward helping small practices advance toward accountable, team-based, patient-centered care models. NCQA patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and patient-centered specialty practices (PCSPs) have demonstrated commitment to improving cost and quality and therefore make ideal virtual group partners. We look forward to exploring how NCQA can support CMS and clinicians in creating virtual groups. We urge you to provide bonus points as incentive for clinicians to join virtual groups. We also urge you to encourage, rather than prohibit, low-volume clinicians’ participation in virtual groups.”