CMS Actuary Office releases projections on U.S. healthcare spending

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council On Wednesday, the CMS Actuary Office stated that U.S. health care spending is projected to grow from 4% in 2016 to 5% this year, and 5.7 % by 2021; on track to spend ...

CMS Announces New Medicare Episode Payment Bundle- Here’s what you need to know

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new voluntary episode payment model, the “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced” ...

CMS Releases Final CY 2018 MIPS & APMs Requirements

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council On Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) final regulation. This regulation ...

Medicare Seeks Your Feedback on MIPS Colonoscopy Episode

Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG ACG Legislative and Public Policy Council Member, and ACG Board of Trustee As ACG and the GI societies notified you earlier this month, CMS recently announced that it will begin a trial run or test period for a ...

CMS Releases MACRA Proposed Rule for 2018

On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed regulation. This regulation outlines the proposed requirements for the Merit-based Incentive ...

Final MACRA Rule a Hot Topic at ACG Meeting

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the highly anticipated final rule outlining details of Medicare reimbursement reform beginning next ...