The proposed rule for the 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) includes several changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that aim to reduce the administrative burden for eligible clinicians and put more emphasis on the improving EHR interoperability. In 2017, 91% of MIPS eligible clinicians successfully participated, thus giving CMS the encouragement to continue increasing the program requirements. At the same time, CMS has maintained certain measures of flexibility, particularly for small practices. Enacted earlier this year, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 provides additional authority to continue the gradual transition in MIPS for three more years, to help further reduce clinician burden. The 60-day comment period during which CMS will receive public comments and recommendations ends on September 10th, 2018, with the final rule expected to be published in fall.
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