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Some Physicians Receive Alterations to 2017 QPP Scores

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the 2017 Quality Payment Program (QPP) performance scores for some participants. Released in mid-September, the updated feedback will impact Medicare payments in 2019. The scores were changed based on the CMS’ review of several program variables, to include the hardship exceptions for Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances. CMS extended the review deadline to October 15, so please review the accuracy of your scores in the interim. If you need assistance in obtaining or interpreting your scores, contact the QPP Service Center by phone at 866-288-8292 or by email.

About The Author

Elizabeth Woodcock is the founder and principal of Woodcock & Associates. She has focused on medical practice operations and revenue cycle management for more than 25 years. She has led educational sessions for a multitude of national professional associations and specialty societies, and consulted for clients as diverse as a solo orthopaedic surgeon in rural Georgia to the Mayo Clinic. She is author or co-author of 17 best-selling practice management books, to include Mastering Patient Flow and The Physician Billing Process: Avoiding Potholes in the Road to Getting Paid. Elizabeth is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a Certified Professional Coder. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, she completed a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a doctoral student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University.

The contents of The Sentinel are intended for educational/informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Policyholders are urged to consult with their personal attorney for legal advice, as specific legal requirements may vary from state to state and/or change over time.

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