MHA Today | October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016
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HHS Finalizes MACRA MIPS, APM And Criteria For Physician-Focused Payment Models
CMS Announces HHCCN Form Effective Date

state and federal health policy developments

HHS Finalizes MACRA MIPS, APM And Criteria For Physician-Focused Payment Models

Staff Contact: Andrew Wheeler

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced the release of a final rule regarding the new payment system for Medicare clinicians. The rule finalizes the Medicare merit-based incentive payment system, the alternative payment model incentive under the physician fee schedule and criteria for physician-focused payment models. MHA has published an issue brief with additional details. Highlights include the following.

  • revised the small practice definition
  • finalized the definition of an advanced alternative payment model and other payer-advanced APMs
  • finalized “pick your pace”
  • revised MIPS performance category weighting

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CMS Announces HHCCN Form Effective Date

Staff Contact: Sarah Willson

The Home Health Change of Care Notice, Form CMS-10280, was revised and approved by the Office of Management and Budget this summer. The form is used to notify Medicare beneficiaries who receive home health care benefits of plan-of-care changes. The effective date for using the revised form is 90 days from this announcement. Questions or comments can be sent to

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Consider This ...

About 10 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. are found in women younger than 45 years of age.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention