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Small Practices are Affected by MIPS Increased Thresholds

We recently heard about a small practice that had been faithfully submitting all the required “G” codes for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) only to discover that for 2018 they are excluded from MIPS because the low volume threshold increased from $30,000 in Part B allowed charges or 100 Part B beneficiaries to $90,000 in Part B allowed charges or 200 Part B beneficiaries. They were unsure about what they needed to do at this point and how it would impact their practice.

We recently heard about a small practice that had been faithfully submitting all the required “G” codes for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) only to discover that for 2018 they are excluded from MIPS because the low volume threshold increased from $30,000 in Part B allowed charges or 100 Part B beneficiaries to $90,000 in Part B allowed charges or 200 Part B beneficiaries. They were unsure about what they needed to do at this point and how it would impact their practice.

How Does the Physician Compare Website Affect You?

The physician compare website may not be working quite the way you think it is. Not all providers will have rankings showing up for them. Physician compare lists basic information, but quality measure information was not added until this year (2018) and not all quality measures are included in the Star Rating system. Additionally, patient surveys are also sent out and those are an additional rating.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 established the Hospital VBP Program, which

applies to payments beginning in FY 2013 (discharges on or after October 1, 2012)

and affects payment for inpatient stays in hospitals across the country.  Under the

Hospital VBP Program, Medicare makes incentive payments to hospitals based on

either:

     How well they perform on each measure, or

     How much they improve their performance on each measure compared to their

                performance during a baseline period

As you know, the PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System) includes the reporting of particular G codes to communicate with Medicare, details of the Functional Outcome Assessment and Pain Assessment and Follow-Up measures. These measures must be completed on at least 50% of an eligible professional's active patients to avoid penalty.

Recently, letters have been sent out to practices informing practices that they have not satisfactorily reported those PQRS measures and therefore, a negative payment adjustment (penalty) will be assessed from 2016 Medicare reimbursements.

Proposed FY 2016 Medicare Payment And Policy Changes For Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities

OVERVIEW: On April 24, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule outlining proposed fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicare payment policies and rates for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS).

Medicare has updated their provider educational tools for the Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE) and the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV). These tools were designed to help providers gain a greater understanding of these services. Learn what the required elements for these services as well as important coverage and coding information.

CLICK HERE to download "The ABCs of the Initial preventive Physical Examination (IPPE)" booklet.

Medicare Improper Payment Report for Behavioral Health Services

The following information is from the 2014 Medicare Improper Payments Report by the Department of Health and Human Services.

This table shows the Improper Payment Rates by Provider Type and Type of Error for Medicare Part B claims:

    Provider Type

    Improper Payment Rate

It appears that the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR) could finally be a real possibility. On Thursday, March 26, The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R 2, The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act which includes both repeal and replace the flawed SGR formula that has caused a great deal of disruption to the Medicare payment system over the last several years. H.R.

Medicare Resources (Resource 210)

For detailed information on this government program, as it relates to Behavioral Health services, see Section C-Medicare in the Behavioral Health DeskBook.

You need to understand the following concepts:

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