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TMA Fights Another Proposed Medicare Pay Cut, While Pressing for Reform - 09/26/2022

TMA recently responded to the Medicare's 984-page proposal with concerns about a 4.4% pay cut and other potentially harmful changes related to scope expansion, e-prescribing penalties, and physicians’ administrative burden.


Inflation Reduction Act Expands Health Coverage, Ignores Medicare Payment Fix - 08/30/2022

The Inflation Reduction Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law on Aug. 16, has made headlines for its deficit- and climate change-related provisions. But the omnibus legislation also will expand health care coverage and lower Medicare prescription drug costs.


MIPSperceptions: Study Confirms Doctors’ View of Medicare Program as Burdensome - 08/22/2022

Physicians’ perceptions of Medicare’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) have run along these and other unflattering lines since MIPS first launched in 2017. But a Physicians Foundation-funded study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine sought to better quantify how physician practice leaders perceive MIPS, one of the two participation tracks in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program. (The Texas Medical Association has representation on the Physicians Foundation’s board of directors.)


Medicare ACOs Face Key Changes in Proposed Fee Schedule - 08/10/2022

In an effort to boost participation in accountable care organizations, Medicare has significant changes to its shared savings program on tap in the proposed 2023 physician fee schedule.


Biden Administration to Launch Specialty Payment Model - 07/27/2022

A new, voluntary Medicare payment model option focused on cancer care opens the value-based care door wider for specialists at a time when such models have been limited.


Medicare Delays Penalties for Appropriate Use Program - 07/18/2022

After long-standing warnings from the Texas Medical Association and others in medicine about Medicare’s appropriate use criteria (AUC) program, Medicare is delaying the next phase of the program, in which physicians face monetary penalties.


Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule Includes Physician Pay Cut, Expanded Access to Care - 07/15/2022

The recently proposed 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule would deepen physician pay cuts while expanding access to telemedicine, behavioral health care, and cancer screening. If implemented, it also would significantly modify the Medicare Shared Savings Program.


New Unscored MIPS Measure Can Help You Refine Your EHR Use - 07/13/2022

Even though it won’t affect your score for 2022, a new piece of this year’s Merit-Based Incentive-Payment System (MIPS) might be worth undertaking just the same – because it can help practices make sure they’re using their electronic health record (EHR) systems safely.


CMS Debuts MIPS Final Score Preview Tool - 07/06/2022

Clinicians who are eligible to participate in Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System now can sneak a peek at – and confirm the accuracy of – their final scores for the 2021 performance period.


The Power of Data: UTHealth Publishes Claims Statistics - 06/29/2022

After three years of work, the Center for Healthcare Data at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth is sharing part of its growing trove of numbers for data-driven discussions on many aspects of health care in Texas. The center doesn’t have all the answers. But its work under a federal certification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has resulted in valuable state and regional statistics that the center leaders believe provide food not only for thought, but also for policy.


TMA Calls on Lawmakers to Stop the Latest Medicare Pay Cut - 06/28/2022

Just days remain for Congress to stop yet another pending Medicare physician pay cut, and the Texas Medical Association is again feverishly working the nation’s Capitol.


Feds Declare “Long COVID” a Disability - 06/10/2022

Although the pandemic rages on, there may be some relief in sight for people with lingering effects from COVID 19 infection – or “long COVID” – as well as consequences for the physicians who treat and employ them. The Biden administration in late


TMA Fighting to Stop Yet Another Medicare Pay Cut – and Looking for System Overhaul - 06/08/2022

After decades of Medicare physician pay cuts – the latest of which is set to take effect on July 1 – the Texas Medical Association and others in organized medicine have set their sights on comprehensive reform.


Medicare Allowing MIPS Relief for “Uncontrollable Circumstances” in 2022 - 06/01/2022

Having some prohibitive trouble reporting your 2022 data for Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Maybe the COVID-19 pandemic caused it. Maybe it stems from a natural disaster in your region. Maybe your technology vendor has gone out of business or had some other problem.


Hospital Ownership the Focus of New Medicare Report - 05/09/2022

In an effort to analyze the impact of consolidation within the health care system, Medicare for the first time has released data on mergers and acquisitions for enrolled hospitals and nursing homes between 2016 and 2022. The action follows up on the Biden Administration's Executive Order on Promoting Competition.


CMS Reweights MIPS Cost Category to Zero Due to the Pandemic - 05/04/2022

As a result of the ongoing public health emergency, physicians will find some much-needed, if temporary, relief from burdensome reporting requirements under Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System.


MACRA: Fix or Folly? - 05/02/2022

The Texas Medical Association has made recommendations to improve the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which results in numerous compliance and administrative hassles.


Victory! Congress Finally Repeals Flawed Medicare SGR Formula - 05/02/2022

Statement of TMA President Austin I. King, MD, on the U.S. Senate vote to approve HR 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which finally repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. 


CMS Debuting Optional Quality Reporting Mechanism, Amid Physician Concerns - 04/25/2022

Despite recent objections from the Texas Medical Association, Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will launch a new, optional reporting framework during the 2023 performance year.


Delay Upcoming Medicare Cut, TMA Tells Congress - 04/08/2022

With just days remaining until the latest Medicare physician pay cut takes effect, the Texas Medical Association has been lobbying for an eleventh-hour act of Congress to stop it.


Medicare Lowers Thresholds to Cover Lung Cancer Screening - 04/05/2022

Medicare has announced expanded coverage for lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography, the only recommended screening test for the disease.


TMA Backs Program to Help Small, Rural Practices With Quality Reporting - 04/05/2022

The Texas Medical Association is urging federal lawmakers to extend a technical assistance program for small practices in rural and underserved areas that participate in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program.


MIPS Participation Drops per Preliminary Report - 04/05/2022

Fewer clinicians participated in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program in 2020, and fewer participants earned incentive payments compared with 2019, according to preliminary data recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


AMA Updates Estimated Medicare Payment Impacts - 04/05/2022

Following medicine’s fervent advocacy in late 2021 that convinced Congress to stop almost all of a nearly 10% Medicare physician pay cut for 2022, the American Medical Association has released an updated analysis on Medicare payments by specialty for this year.


MIPS 2021 Data Submission Now Open - 04/05/2022

Participants in the 2021 performance year of the Quality Payment Program’s (QPP’s) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) can now submit their data through the QPP website. You can submit and update your MIPS data until 7 pm CT on March 31.