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  • 09/18/2017 4:20 PM | Rebekah Francis (Administrator)

    CMS announced last month it will launch a new audit strategy, called Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE), after pilot programs with four Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) demonstrated success. Under the TPE approach, MACs will perform reviews on claims that pose the greatest financial risk to the Medicare trust fund or have a high national error rate. Unlike the previous policy where reviews were initiated on all providers of a particular service, MACs are now instructed to focus only on those providers, identified through data analysis, who have the highest claims error rates or billing practices that vary significantly from their peers. The TPE program includes up to three rounds of review, coupled with individualized education based on review results, and is expected to be expanded to all MAC jurisdictions - later this year.

  • 09/18/2017 4:19 PM | Rebekah Francis (Administrator)

    Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD issued responses to the first physician focused payment models (PFPMs) reviewed by the PFPM Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) in April. The Secretary asked that design concerns be addressed before making a final decision on the American College of Surgeons-Brandeis Model. HHS also indicated it would not be moving forward with the COPD and Asthma Monitoring Project and Project Sonar models, but would consider elements of those proposals when developing its own future models. Despite not proceeding with any of the proposals at this time, Price provided valuable insights to guide development of future PFPMs. He explained models that are broad in scope and feature enhanced patient monitoring to reduce complications and hospital admissions hold promise but that HHS is not interested in models that would not be implemented beyond the submitter or use proprietary technology.

  • 09/18/2017 4:18 PM | Rebekah Francis (Administrator)

    A Sept. 5 MGMA Stat poll found that about 1 out of 6 practices report that their health plans charge transaction fees, typically ranging from 2-5%, to receive payments for medical services via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). As part of an effort in the Affordable Care Act to decrease healthcare administrative inefficiencies, CMS mandated a standardized EFT transaction and since 2014 health plans are required to offer EFT should providers request it. Contrary to the intent of the law, and despite the fact that health plans themselves save on printing and mailing costs, many practices are required to pay these EFT tolls. MGMA continues to strongly advocate that CMS issue guidance preventing health plans and payment vendors from charging these fees. Review the MGMA member-benefit EFT and ERA Guide.

  • 09/18/2017 4:17 PM | Rebekah Francis (Administrator)

    MGMA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule. The proposed rule includes a number of policies that, if finalized, would affect medical group practices in 2018. 

    Among its recommendations, MGMA advocates for CMS to: 

    • Finalize the proposed delay in requiring appropriate use criteria consultation and documentation; 
    • Hold medical groups harmless from 2018 penalties in the obsolete PQRS, Meaningful Use, and Value Modifier programs if they reported some data in 2016; and
    • Reduce unnecessary regulations and improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery using the results of MGMA’s 2017 Regulatory Burdens survey as a compass. 

    Gain insight about the impact of Medicare payment policies on your practice at MGMA17 in Anaheim. MGMA government affairs presentations will highlight legislative and regulatory issues critical to your group’s success, feature exclusive office hours with CMS’ Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Dr. Kate Goodrich, and culminate in the popular “View from Washington” general session with MGMA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Register today to secure your spot.

  • 06/12/2017 11:06 AM | Ron Gallagher (Administrator)

    MGMA joined several provider organizations in a letter urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to include group practices in value-based arrangements with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in the Advanced alternative payment model (APM) track of MACRA. Last week, CMS announced nearly 100% of participants in designated Advanced APMs are expected to qualify for a 5% bonus and exemption from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) based on historical claims data. However, even if 100% of current Advanced APM participants qualify, this is estimated to amount to just 10% of all eligible clinicians in 2017 due to the limited number of existing Advanced APMs. MGMA has repeatedly called for expanded opportunities for group practices to move away from MIPS into the APM track, and we believe adding qualifying MA risk-based arrangements to the Advanced APM list is an important step in this direction.

  • 01/07/2017 11:03 AM | Ron Gallagher (Administrator)

    TMGMA offers a FREE Webinar Series as a benefit of membership.

    TMGMA offers webinars focusing on the domains of the ACMPE Body of Knowledge. These webinars are free to ALL members. To register as a non-member for a fee, please contact Rebekah Francis or Join TMGMA

    Webinars will be eligible for one ACMPE Credit Hour. Recordings of webinars will be available online in the Members' Only section of our website. 

    Invitations to sign up for the webinars will be sent directly to members.

  • 01/05/2017 11:00 AM | Ron Gallagher (Administrator)

    Our Executive Council is composed of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, and Secretary/Treasurer. The Executive Council shall include the Chair of the Council of Past Presidents and the Executive Director as non-voting, ex officio members. The Executive Council shall be responsible for the planning and implementation of member meetings of TMGMA, the fiscal and management affairs of the association between such meetings, and the acceptance of new members. The Executive Council shall appoint committee and work area chairs as needed to make up the TMGMA Leadership Committee.

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