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  • 02/22/2017 7:59 AM | Deleted user

    The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) requires certain laboratories to submit private payor rates for clinical laboratory tests. Private payor data is due to the CMS by March 31, 2017. To help you with the submission process, the CMS created a PAMA DATA COLLECTION USER GUIDE with step­by­step instructions and screen shots. The CAP has added this invaluable tool to our pathology­specific PAMA RESOURCES, including an INFORMATIVE INFOGRAPHIC and PODCAST, to help laboratories understand regulatory requirements and upcoming deadlines. These resources and additional tools can be found on the CAP'S PAMA RESOURCES WEBPAGE

  • 02/22/2017 7:58 AM | Deleted user

    With a theme of Protecting the Practice of Pathology and Our Patients, let your voice be heard at the 2017 CAP Policy Meeting. From April 24­26, CAP members can connect with government leaders and policy experts to discuss the impact of federal regulation on their pathology practices. 

    REGISTRATION is now open. Check the CAP's website for more updates. 

  • 02/22/2017 7:57 AM | Deleted user

    Pathologists must take action in 2017 in order to stop their Medicare payments from being cut in 2019 under the Merit­based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program. The CAP has developed several resources, including a MIPS FAQ and an INFOGRAPHIC, for its members to help them take action as they prepare their data in order to avoid penalties and potentially earn a bonus in 2019. 

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will use this 2017 calendar year as a performance period to determine whether or not physicians and group practices will face penalties of up to 4% in 2019. Individual pathologists or group practices can stop the penalty by reporting at least one quality measure in 2017. The MIPS program is part of the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) and is the next evolution of three quality programs: Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHR), the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and the Value­based Payment Modifier (VM). The QPP reforms Medicare by receiving and validating physician­submitted data, providing performance feedback, determining MIPS scores, and adjusting payments. 

    The CAP has developed eight quality reporting measures specifically for pathologists­helping CAP members avoid tens of millions of dollars in Medicare penalties every year. The CAP has secured the inclusion of these measures in the MIPS program. In order to avoid penalties in 2019, practices must submit quality reporting data for 2017 no later than March 31, 2018. 

    By submitting data on one quality measure, a physician can stop the Medicare penalty. A physician can also attest to participating in a clinical practice improvement activity to stop the penalty. The CMS has not yet provided details on attestation but the CAP will keep members updated. Stay tuned for more MIPS related resources. 

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