The Vermont Medical Society has partnered with the New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) to provide Vermont’s physicians with access to knowledge and tools that improve the experience, care and health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries.
New England QIN-QIO assists primary care and specialty physician practices with optimizing their systems to increase rates of preventive services, improve clinical outcomes related to diabetes and cardiac disease and prepare for value-based payment.
If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017, your MIPS final score and performance feedback is now available for review on the Quality Payment Program website. The payment adjustment you will receive in 2019 is based on this final score. A positive, negative, or neutral payment adjustment will be applied to the Medicare paid amount for covered professional services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2019.
Training and Resources
The New England QIN-QIO is dedicated to offering up-to-date information and no-cost trainings on important topics aligned with your everyday work. Details about the QIN-QIO’s upcoming or previous programs can be found in the VMS Rounds.
MED Minutes podcasts
The QIN-QIO is pleased to offer MED Minutes, a monthly podcast series developed for primary care and specialty physician offices. These brief podcasts address Medicare updates can be downloaded at your convenience by clicking here.
Current podcasts topics include:
NEW! CMS has released the Final Rule for Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program. There are some important changes to be aware of including additional eligible clinician types, changes to low volume threshold, higher point thresholds to avoid a penalty, and more. To learn more, CMS is hosting an upcoming webinar on Thursday, Nov. 15th, 2018 from 12-1:30 that will review the details: https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=3536&seid=1288
Also, you can find a fact sheet that reviews the major changes here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Payment-Program/Resource-Library/Year-3-Final-Rule-overview-fact-sheet.pdf