CMS is working on implementation of MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program). They are proposing to integrate all clinician payments into two categories, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System or MIPS, and the Advanced Alternative Payment Models or APMs. For a general description of their Proposed Rule process, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/Quality-Payment-Program.html .
CMS is soliciting comments on MIPS and APMs by June 27, 2016, on Patient Relationship Categories and Codes by August 13, 2016, and on other details later in August; see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/MACRA-Feedback.html . They are presenting a series of webinars about their MACRA Proposed Rule on June 1, 8, 15, 17, 22, and 24. For more details and to register for these, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/Quality-Payment-Program-Events.html . The last-named web page also has links to recordings of previous MACRA webinars.