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MGMA Washington Connection 06/23/2022

06/23/2022 8:37 AM | Rebekah Francis (Administrator)

Final Reminder: Avert projected 7-10% Medicare payment cuts

The Medicare member research questionnaire to support #MGMAAdvocacy in averting potential significant payment cuts to Medicare in 2023 closes on Friday, June 24.

In 2023, group practices are facing potential 7-10% cuts to Medicare payment rates, compared to Jan. 1, 2022, reimbursement amounts. After two years of financial uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the projected payment cuts will have long-term resounding impacts on practice financial sustainability. MGMA needs to hear from you! If you haven't done so already, complete the questionnaire today!

Full Medicare sequester phase-in begins July 1

On July 1, 2022, the full 2% Medicare sequester is set to phase-in. The Medicare sequester, which has been in effect since 2013, was suspended at the beginning of the pandemic through March 31, 2022. On April 1, 1% of the full 2% sequestration was reintroduced, and on July 1, an additional 1% will phase-in, signaling the complete reintroduction of the Medicare sequestration. The 2% sequester will apply to care with dates of service on or after July 1.

Earlier this year, MGMA and other national healthcare organizations sent a letter to Congress urging for a continuation of the moratorium on the Medicare sequester for the duration of the declared COVID-19 public health emergency.

Deadline to register for CAHPS for MIPS survey is June 30

The deadline for groups and virtual groups to register for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) survey closes on June 30, 2022, at 8 p.m. (ET). The CAHPS for MIPS survey is an optional quality measure that groups, virtual groups, and alternative payment model (APM) entities can report. The CAHPS for MIPS survey is a required measure for groups and APM entities reporting via the APM Performance Pathway.

More information, including the approved list of survey vendorsis available in the 2022 CAHPS for MIPS fact sheet.


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