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Mississippi Exec Angela Ladner with friends and members pausing for the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hot chocolate provided by the hotel each night! Yummy!!
Dr. Dean Robinson receives special thanks from the membership for two great years of service as President
Dr. Lee Stevens is given appreciation for his service as Past President
Dr. Lee Michals receives LSU Shreveport Excellence in Psychiatry Award for Graduating Residents-Fellows
Dr. Jill McCall is awarded the Resident-Fellow LSU New Orleans Excellence in Psychiatry Award
Dr. Veronique Haymon receives the Tulane Resident-Fellow Excellence in Psychiatry Award
Not pictured is Dr. Jason Boudreaux who received the Resident-Fellow LSU Baton Rouge Excellence in Psychiatry Award. Congratulations to all!
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CMS Proposes New Rule for Quality Payment Program Under MACRA
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a
962-page proposed rule
covering implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The goal, said CMS in a statement, is “a new framework for rewarding health care providers for giving better care, not just more care.”
MACRA replaces the flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and modifies and streamlines related quality reporting and electronic health record (EHR) programs. In its place now are two pathways for payment: through the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
Beginning with reporting in 2017, physicians will receive a composite performance score (CPS) based on how they perform in comparison to an average for other professionals. The CPS will determine maximum payment bonuses and penalties, which will range from 4% in 2019 to 9% starting in 2022. The program measures providers on the basis of quality, resource use, clinical practice improvement, and meaningful use of certified EHR technology (now referred to advancing care information).
Physicians who have sufficient revenue tied to “eligible” APMs can qualify for 5% bonuses and exemption from MIPS reporting requirements. APMs include accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, and bundled payment models.
Aspects of the rule that may be relevant for psychiatry include exemption of “low-volume” providers from MIPS reporting or penalties, the ability of small practices...
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