New Training Requirements Under the Time’s Up Act

The Time’s Up Act, comprised of Public Acts 19-16 and 19-93, went into effect on October 1. The Time’s Up Act strengthens laws protecting employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. In addition to requirements regarding training and education, the new statute changes existing requirements of the posting of information about sexual harassment in the […]

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CSMS Elects New Officers for 2019/2020

President: Bollepalli (Bo) Subbarao, MD, New Britain President-Elect: Gregory Shangold, MD, Willimantic Vice-President: Ron Adelman, MD, New Haven Secretary: David Hass, MD, Hamden Treasurer: Jay Ginsberg, MD, New London Speaker of the Annual Meeting: Michael Carius, MD, Stratford Vice Speaker of the Annual Meeting: M. Natalie Achong, MD, West Hartford Immediate Past President: Claudia Gruss, […]

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NORTHEASTERN MEDICAL SOCIETIES URGE CONGRESS TO ENACT FAIR SURPRISE BILLING REFORM LEGISLATION

(North Haven, CT) “Our respective associations representing tens of thousands of physicians across the northeastern United States applaud the many members of the US Congress who are seeking to take action to protect patients from “surprise” medical bills.   However, what is needed is a balanced, comprehensive solution to this problem, not a one-sided gift to […]

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The Connecticut State Medical Society Announces New President, Bollepalli Subbarao, MD

September 30, 2019 (North Haven, CT) – At the 227th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut State Medical Society Bollepalli Subbarao, MD, of Avon was inducted as the organization’s 181st President.   A practicing Psychiatrist, Dr. Subbarao earned his medical degree from Osmania Medical College in India. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University […]

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Greenwich residents on Medicare, Medicaid struggle to find health care specialists – Featuring Input from CSMS EVP/CEO Mattew Katz

 Tatiana Flowers – September 22, 2019  –  Greenwich Time GREENWICH — Alyssa Williams was shopping at Target in Stamford nearly five years ago when her then-2-month-old daughter’s face turned blue. The baby was rushed to Greenwich Hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with reactive airway disease. The infant was then transferred to Yale New Haven Children’s […]

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The Physicians Foundation Launches Campaign to Help Prevent Physician Suicide

In recognition of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day, The Physicians Foundation, today announced the launch of Vital Signs, a campaign to help raise greater awareness about the physician suicide epidemic and to provide physicians the tools to attend to their own well-being. “One physician commits suicide every day, the highest suicide rate of any profession […]

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QPP Roundup: September 2019

Providing monthly updates on PAI’s activities and QPP news for you and your practice. QPP Tip of the Month: Consider Virtual Group Participation in 2020 The election window to sign up as part of a Virtual Group for performance year (PY) 2020 begins October 1st. If you are part of a small-group practice of 10 […]

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Kansas Health Information Network and subsidiary KAMMCO Health Solutions announce ability to share data with MinuteClinic providers

(TOPEKA, KANSAS, September 9, 2019) The Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and its subsidiary KAMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) announced today they have completed a secure electronic connection allowing the seamless sharing of data between MinuteClinic, a CVS Health company, and the KHIN/KHS network. The KHIN/KHS network connects over 6,900 health care organizations across the nation […]

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CSMS Is Advocating to Combat Anthem Medicare Advantage Termination of CT Physicians

This week, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut sent letters to Connecticut physician specialists informing them that they are being terminated from the Medicare Advantage Select Plan provider panel. The termination would take effect January 1, 2020.  It does not affect the physician participation status with the other Anthem Medicare Advantage plans or commercial […]

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QPP Roundup: August 2019

QPP Roundup: August 2019 Providing monthly updates on PAI’s activities and QPP news for you and your practice.     QPP Tip of the Month: Review Your QP Status for Advanced APM Participation The third snapshot period for determining 2019 Qualified Participant (QP) status will end on August 31st. Physicians part of an Advanced Alternative […]

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CSMS/PAI Submit RFI to CMS on Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients Over Paperwork

CSMS joined with the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) and several state medical societies to submit a comment letter in response to the CMS Patients Over Paperwork Reducing Burden Request For Information (RFI). Click here to read the our comments on Burden Reduction RFI

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CSMS Leads CMS Prior Authorization Listening Session

In August, Claudia Gruss, MD, CSMS President; Steven Thornquist, MD, CSMS Immediate Past President; Stacy Taylor, MD, CSMS Councilor, also representing the CT Academy of Family Physicians; Mariam Hakim- Zargar, MD, CT Orthopedic Society Immediate Past President and CSMS Councilor; Michael Aronow, MD, CT Orthopedic Society President; Susan Schaffman, CT Orthopedic Society Executive Director; Debbie […]

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CSMS, OHA, and OHS Join Forces to Defend the Health Care Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) joined the Office of the Healthcare Advocate and the Office of Heath Strategy to voice our strong opposition to the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) proposed rule, “Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities,” HHS-OCR-2019-0007 (RIN 0945-AA11).  We believe it is critical to oppose this proposed […]

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CMS Proposes Medicare Physician Fee Schedule & Quality Payment Program Rule for CY 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule updating Medicare policies and providing payments for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) in CY 2020. Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposals Payment Changes to Office/Outpatient Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services Reducing coding complexity by consolidating CPT coding from […]

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Changes to National Government Services Local Coverage Determination Process

In accordance with Section 4009 of H.R. 34-21st Century Cures Act (Public Law No: 114-255), CMS is updating the “Medicare Program Integrity Manual” with detailed changes to the LCD process. These changes were communicated in CMS Transmittal 863, issued on 2/12/2019. Please be aware of the LCD revisions and transition of all coding to related articles. […]

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2019 Maloney Award Nominations Now Open

CSMS is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Maloney Distinguished Service Award. All CSMS members are welcome to nominate their colleagues for recognition of outstanding work. The Paul K. Maloney, Jr., MD Distinguished Service Award was established to honor the life and work of Dr. Maloney, an eminent physician known for his exemplary service, active […]

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CSMS Joins AMA and Dozens Medical Societies to Show Unity for Surprise Billing Action

CSMS signed onto an AMA letter, with dozens of specialty and state medical societies throughout the country, to show unity throughout the federation of medicine concerning surprise billing.  The letter was directed at the Energy and Commerce Chair, Frank Pallone, Jr. and Ranking Member Greg Walden and the members of the Committee on Energy and […]

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Now Available: 2018 MIPS Performance Feedback and Final Score; MIPS Targeted Review; and 2020 MIPS Self-Nomination Materials

Now Available: 2018 MIPS Performance Feedback and Final Score Now Available: MIPS Targeted Review 2020 MIPS Self-Nomination Materials Now Available Now Available: 2018 MIPS Performance Feedback and Final Score If you submitted 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data, you can now view your performance feedback and MIPS final score on the Quality Payment Program […]

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CMS QPP Updates

CMS published several new resources: Cost Category and Quality Category User Guides provide additional technical details on how to participate in each of these categories. MIPS Eligibility Decision Tree helps physicians determine if they are eligible or exempt from MIPS participation. 2019 QP Methodology Fact Sheet provides an overview of how CMS makes QP and […]

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PAI Comments on CMS and ONC Proposed Rules on Interoperability and Increasing Patient Access to their Health Information

PAI Comments on CMS and ONC Proposed Rules on Interoperability and Increasing Patient Access to their Health Information Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released two proposed rules on interoperability, information blocking, and patient access to their health information: CMS Proposed Rule […]

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QPP Tip of the Month: Understand the New Requirements for the MIPS Promoting Interoperability Category

The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Promoting Interoperability category (formerly known as the Advancing Care Information category) changed significantly from previous years. Some of the key changes include: Revised to contain a single set of objectives and measures for reporting; Required use of 2015 edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT); and A new scoring […]

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Major Legislative Wins for CSMS Members & Patients of Connecticut

HUGE Step Forward on High Deductible Health Plan Fight!  We’re thrilled that our tireless efforts to get the legislature to address HDHPs paid off.  The budget includes the establishment of a task force, as specially requested by our HDHP coalition, to study high deductible health plans. The task force will include members of CSMS, Connecticut College […]

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Updates from NGS Listening Session

CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz, recently participated in a National Government Services (NGS) listening session and would like to share some insight, tips, and tools with members.  See the list below to learn about the NGS updated website, Medicare identification cards, duplicate claims, annual wellness visits, and updates on revalidation. The NGS website has been updated […]

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Helpful Links from CMS

https://qpp.cms.gov/about/resource-library –  Quality Payment Program https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/story-page/patients-over-paperwork.html – Patients Over Paperwork https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-NetworkMLN/MLNGenInfo/Continuing-Education.html – Medicare Learning Network Continuing Education https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Look-Up-Topics/Medicare/New-Medicare-CardMessage.html  – New Medicare Card https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/medicare-diabetes-prevention-program/  – Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-ServicePayment/DMEPOSCompetitiveBid/index.html  – DMEPOS Competitive Bidding https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/PhysicianFeeSched/index.html  – Physician Fee Schedule/Care Management https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-andReports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/OpioidMap.html  – Opioids https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-AssessmentInstruments/HospitalQualityInits/HospitalCompare.html – Hospital Compare Star Ratings https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-andGuidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/2019ProgramRequirementsMedicare.html  – Interoperability of Electronic Health Information

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CSMS Is One of 120+ Groups Calling for Congress to Refine & Improve MACRA

CSMS is one of more than 120 physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a letter that was sent to congressional leaders to urge them to refine and improve the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), including replacing the 2020-2025 physician payment update freeze with positive payment adjustments, extending the Advanced APM bonus payments by six […]

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CSMS Comments on Interoperability Proposed Rules to ONC Health IT and CMS

On June 3, CSMS and the Physician’s Advocacy Institute (PAI) submitted comments to Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC Health IT) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the 21st Century Interoperability Proposed Rule. Click here to read the letter sent to CMS. Click here to read the letter […]

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Connecticut State Medical Society Joins Coalition to Demand Legislators “Say No” to Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Group comprises 7 State Medical Associations with more than 180,000 physician and student members NORTH HAVEN, CT — With pressure mounting on state legislatures across the country to legalize recreational marijuana, a coalition of eight* state Medical Societies is calling for thoughtful and thorough consideration before rushing to legislate. “This is a public health issue, […]

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Connecticut State Medical Society Backs Bipartisan Surprise Billing Measure

Proposal backed by Congressional Physician-Members Would Protect Patients, Hold Insurers Accountable and Avoid Costly Legal Battles NORTH HAVEN, CT. — The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) applauds the announcement of bipartisan legislation authored by physician representatives Raul Ruiz, MD, (D-CA), Phil Roe, MD, (R-TN), Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN) and Joseph Morelle […]

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Regional Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Education Increases Provider Knowledge

The May issue of Connecticut Medicine, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), “Finding Hope in the Battle Against the Opioid Overdose Crisis,” highlights some of the innovative strategies Connecticut’s medical community is forging to tackle this public health crisis and features dozens of experts from across the state, including: Regional […]

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Recommendations for Adult Measles Vaccination

Due to the current increase in measles cases in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed the following summary for vaccination of adults against measles with measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. Recommendations for vaccination and assessing immunity in adults have not changed since publication of the Advisory Committee on Immunization […]

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The Opioid Overdose Crisis in Connecticut – J. CRAIG ALLEN, MD

The May issue of Connecticut Medicine, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), “Finding Hope in the Battle Against the Opioid Overdose Crisis,” highlights some of the innovative strategies Connecticut’s medical community is forging to tackle this public health crisis and features dozens of experts from across the state. Guest editor, […]

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The Connecticut State Medical Society Joins Fund to Improve Health Information Exchange

State participates in the largest investment of private funds to assist physicians with sharing health information across medical practices The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) in association with five other state medical societies and The Physicians Foundation, today announced the formation of the first of its kind $500,000 interoperability fund, known as The Physicians Foundation […]

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Connecticut Physicians Applaud Attorney General Tong’s Antitrust Lawsuit Against Several Generic Drug Manufacturers

Connecticut Attorney General Tong is leading a 44-state coalition antitrust lawsuit against TEVA Pharmaceuticals, 19 other generic drug manufacturers, 15 individuals in conspiracy to fix prices and allocate markets for more than 100 different generic drugs. Today, the Connecticut State Medical Society joined several legislators and other key health care advocates for a press conference […]

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CSMS Scientific Journal Focuses on Opioid Crisis: “Finding Hope”

The May issue of Connecticut Medicine, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), “Finding Hope in the Battle Against the Opioid Overdose Crisis,” highlights some of the innovative strategies Connecticut’s medical community is forging to tackle this public health crisis and features dozens of experts from across the state. Since 2013, […]

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The Connecticut Physicians Respond to Department of Public Health Immunization Report

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (CT-AAP) are alarmed by the startling Department of Public Health (DPH) School Immunization Report that was released today. CSMS President Claudia Gruss, MD voiced concern over this newly released information: “the facts don’t lie, we know that immunizations are […]

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CSMS and State Specialty Societies Continue to Push Back on Ambulatory Surgery Centers Tax

This week CSMS joined forces with other state specialty societies (Connecticut Society of Plastic Surgeons, Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, Connecticut Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery Society, Connecticut ENT Society, Connecticut Urology Society and the Fairfield County Medical Association) to encourage the Finance Committee to pass SB 1131 AN ACT CONCERNING THE AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS TAX.  […]

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REMS-compliant Accredited Continuing Education Now Available

The Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) that is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for opioid analgesic drug products used in the outpatient setting, and to provide two helpful resources that are a part of the Opioid Analgesic REMS. We ask you to consider the development and/or distribution of […]

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Reefer Madness

MICHAEL M. KRINSKY, MD, AND MYRON GENEL, MD From the Editors’ Desk, April 2019, Connecticut Medicine  There is a notion that marijuana is innocuous, and being relatively harmless, it should be legal for recreational use – that it is not really any more dangerous than, say, hula hoops. This idea is rampant, embraced by many […]

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QPP Roundup: April 2019

Providing monthly updates on PAI’s activities and QPP news for you and your practice. QPP Tip of the Month: Check Your Eligibility for 2019 With the close of the reporting period for submission of your 2018 MIPS performance data, physicians and groups should check their eligibility for the 2019 MIPS participation year using the QPP […]

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Register for April 10 Webinar on the MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category in 2019

Join CMS on April 10 for the 2019 MIPS Promoting Interoperability Performance Category Webinar CMS is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 10 at 1:00 PM ET to provide information about the Promoting Interoperability (PI) performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in Year 3 (2019) of the Quality Payment Program. During the […]

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Reminder: Nomination Period Open for MACRA Episode-Based Cost Measures Clinical Subcommittees

CMS has contracted with Acumen, LLC to develop care episode and patient condition groups for use in cost measures to meet the requirements of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). As part of the development and maintenance processes, Acumen is seeking nominations from clinicians to participate in Clinical Subcommittees that will […]

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MIPS 2018 Data Submission Period Has Closed; Preliminary Performance Feedback Data for MIPS Now Available

The data submission period for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) closed on April 2, 2019. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently in the process of reviewing all the data submitted. We would like to thank all of the clinicians who submitted their data, as well as the qualified clinical […]

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Four State Medical Society Presidents: No, No, No, No to Recreational Marijuana

We, the undersigned, as presidents of our state medical societies, have joined together to express our mutual opposition regarding our states’ approval of any policies that legalize recreational marijuana. We have serious concerns about the lack of scientific evidence that supports recreational marijuana use by adults and young adults. Most importantly, not enough research has […]

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Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Website Retires in March 2019

  The PQRS program ended on December 31, 2018, and CMS is retiring the website on March 29, 2019. All of the posted resources currently on the website will no longer be available after March 29, 2019. Please download or read any educational materials on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) website before it retires. […]

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Statement on Proposed Aid in Dying Legislation HB 5898: AN ACT CONCERNING AID IN DYING FOR TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS.

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) members have discussed and debated the issue of aid in dying for many years. CSMS does not take this issue or policy lightly, nor do we wish to impugn those who have opposing views on this important matter. We believe that our position reflects our strong commitment to the […]

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April 2: Submission Deadline for MIPS Year 2 (2018) Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Data can be submitted and updated any time until 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. CMS Web Interface users […]

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The Deadline to Submit MIPS Year 2 (2018) Data is Less Than 1 Month Away

You Have Less than 1 Month to Submit MIPS Year 2 (2018) Data for the Quality Payment Program The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in Year 2 (2018) of the Quality Payment Program. Data can be […]

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CSMS Joins AMA and Others in Calling for More Targeted PA Requirements

The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) was one of nearly 100 state and national physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a letter that the American Medical Association (AMA) sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to urge it to “provide guidance to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans on prior authorization (PA) processes through its […]

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CSMS Forcefully Defends Pain Management Practices

CSMS sent a letter addressing key concerns and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health regarding Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report.  The letter highlighted CSMS pain medicine specialists’ evaluation of the draft report and reflected the letter provided by the Connecticut Pain […]

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QPP Tip of the Month: Physicians Have Until March 31, 2019 to Submit 2018 MIPS Performance Data to Avoid a -5 Percent Payment Adjustment in 2020

Physicians may submit their 2018 MIPS performance data by using the CMS QPP submission portal through March 31 to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2020. With the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting deadline fast approaching, you may be unsure of or need additional information on the steps needed to submit your 2018 […]

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