CMS proposes changes for MIPS 2018

On Tuesday June 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled proposed changes to the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for the 2018 reporting year.  One of the most significant proposals would, if finalized, exempt all doctors who have Medicare Part B allowed charges of  less than or equal to $90,000, or treat fewer than 200 Medicare beneficiaries on an annual basis.  For the 2017 program year, doctors are exempt from MIPS if they have Medicare Part B allowed charges of  less than or equal to $30,000, or treat fewer than 100 Medicare beneficiaries.  AOA has long advocated for a reduction in regulatory burden for doctors of optometry who provide care to America's seniors.  The AOA will remain engaged in the regulatory process to finalize requirements for MIPS in 2018 and support efforts to reduce burden on physicians.  The AOA also believes that CMS should allow all doctors who choose to participate in the program to be eligible for incentives.  

The AOA is committed to helping doctors protect their Medicare revenue from program penalties and will continue to develop additional resources to support participation as the program requirements change.  For doctors of optometry required to participate in MIPS in  2017, we encourage you to access the AOA's newest MIPS resource, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Guidebook Evaluating and Tracking Your Progress   The guidebook provides step by step guidance and tips on meeting program requirements.  Look for additional updates on MIPS program changes in future publications.  If you have questions, please contact Kara Webb at kcwebb@aoa.org