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On April 4, 2017 the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services made an announcement around the commenting period for 2018 reporting. If you are not aware, CMS created the comment page in order to ask for public response and reactions to quality measures that are to be included with a unique project’s page.
According to CMS, the goal of the commenting page is to “give an opportunity for the widest array of interested parties to provide input on the measure under development and can provide critical suggestions not previously considered.”
This is yet another attempt to allow the Eligible Professional to shape the coming reporting program for 2018. ChiroTouch suggests taking part in any invitation to improve or augment the program to your benefit.
The proposals include:
- For the 2018 calendar year, modifying the EHR reporting period from the full calendar year to a minimum of any continuous 90-day period for new and returning participants in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs.
- Adding a new exception from the Medicare payment adjustments for Eligible Professionals (EPs), Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that demonstrate through an application process that complying with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user is not possible because their certified EHR technology has been decertified under ONC’s Health IT Certification Program.
- Implementing a policy in which no payment adjustments will be made for EPs who furnish “substantially all” of their covered professional services in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC); applicable for the 2017 and 2018 Medicare payment adjustments.
- Using Place of Service (POS) Code 24 to identify services furnished in an ASC as well as requesting public comment on whether other POS codes or mechanisms should be used to identify sites of service in addition to or in lieu of POS code 24.
The commenting period ends by June 13th, 2017 at 5:00 PM EDT. The comments and suggestions made here should be incorporated and addressed in the final rule as CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services) has done in previous final rules. To read the full proposal, click here.
Find out more about this and other options for public comment here.