New Rules, Free CME: 2019 Medicare Payments
By David Doolittle


As you’ve probably seen, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule in November.

The new regulations will affect how Medicare pays physicians, and includes payment policies for  Medicare Part B and changes to the QPP.

As a busy physician, you might not have the time to fully analyze the regulations to understand how they could affect your practice. That’s where the Texas Medical Association can help.

TMA policy experts have analyzed the final Medicare rule and created a two-part webinar series to help practices get up to speed and in line with the latest CMS requirements: Medicare 2019 Update Part One: Fee Schedule Changes and Medicare 2019 Update Part Two: Quality Payment Program.

The webinars will prepare your practice for the new payment and policy changes, and ensure you meet the right Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data requirements to succeed in the 2019 QPP performance year. And qualify you for continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Register for both Medicare webinars, which are free for TMA members and their practice staff. 

Medicare 2019 Update Part One: Fee Schedule Changes will provide a review of the new Medicare physician fee schedule by exploring:  

  • Changes to evaluation and management coding; 
  • Considerations for telehealth and interprofessional services;
  • Medicare participation and payment arrangements (PAR, non-PAR, and opt-out); and
  • Steps to best prepare your practice.  

Medicare Update Part Two: Quality Payment Program will address new clinician types and MIPS performance category weights, including:  

  • The revised low-volume threshold criteria and new opt-in policy;
  • Necessary MIPS performance targets for avoiding penalties and obtaining a bonus;
  • New episode-based cost measures under MIPS; and 
  • Changes to promoting interoperability measures and objectives.  

As with most TMA CME programming, these Medicare updates are free for TMA members, thanks to a generous sponsorship by the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust. For additional information and tools, visit TMA’s Medicare Resource Center.  

Last Updated On

December 18, 2018

Originally Published On

December 18, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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