Alternative Payment Models (APMs) Under MACRA Proposed Rule

Continuing our blog series on CMS’s massive proposed rule for the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), we dedicate this post to examining the Advance Payment Model (APM) provisions of the proposed rule.  As our colleagues discussed on May 3rd, the proposed rule contains two key initiatives: Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

Under MACRA’s APM provisions, clinicians must satisfy the requirements of “Qualifying APM Participants” (QPs) by participating in an Advanced APM to be eligible for certain benefits, including:

  • For payment years 2019 to 2024, a lump sum payment equal to 5 percent of the estimated aggregate payment amounts for Medicare Part B covered professional services for the prior year;
  • Exclusion from MIPS; and
  • For payment years 2026 and later, payment rates under the Medicare physician fee schedule for services furnished by the eligible clinician will be updated by the 0.75 percent qualifying APM conversion factor.
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