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    CMS announces additional opportunities for clinicians to qualify as Advanced APMs under MACRA

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced new opportunities for clinicians to join Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) under the Quality Payment Program created through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

    CMS revealed that it expects to re-open applications for new practices and payers in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model and new participants in the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model for the 2018 performance year. In addition, CMS is announcing that the Innovation Center’s Oncology Care Model with two-sided risk will now be available in 2017, which will qualify the model as an Advanced APM beginning in the 2017 performance year.

    In 2017, under the Quality Payment Program, clinicians may earn a 5 percent incentive payment through sufficient participation in the following Advanced APMs:

    • Comprehensive ESRD Care Model (Large Dialysis Organization (LDO) arrangement)
    • Comprehensive ESRD Care Model (non-LDO arrangement)
    • CPC+
    • Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs - Track 2
    • Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs - Track 3
    • Next Generation ACO Model
    • Oncology Care Model (two-sided risk arrangement)

    In 2018, CMS anticipates that clinicians may also earn the incentive payment through sufficient participation in the following models:

    • ACO Track 1+
    • New voluntary bundled payment model
    • Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model (Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) track)
    • Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models Track 1 (CEHRT track)

    CMS also indicated that these lists will continue to change and grow as more models are proposed and developed in partnership with the clinician community and the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee.

    “With these new opportunities, CMS expects that by the 2018 performance period, 25 percent of clinicians in the Quality Payment Program will earn incentive payments by being a part of these advanced models,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, Deputy Administrator of CMS. “Thanks to MACRA and the Innovation Center, we’re striving to see more Medicare patients benefit from better care when they visit their doctor for a knee replacement, receive cancer treatment, or have a coordinated care team manage their complex conditions.”

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