Washington E-Newsletter

Neurosurgery Urges CMS to Improve Quality Payment Program

The AANS and the CNS joined 35 national medical specialty societies in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to incorporate changes in the 2024 Quality Payment Program related to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathways (MVPs) program. In the letter, the groups requested that CMS reduce burden and create a bridge to alternate payment models. Specifically, the letter recommends that CMS:

  • Score the Promoting Interoperability performance category based on physicians attesting that they use certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) or health information technology that interacts with CEHRT. Alternatively, this would be automatically met by submitting quality data electronically using a Qualified Clinical Data Registry, such as the American Spine Registry.
  • Develop MVPs around conditions, episodes of care and clinical priority areas. CMS should work with the national medical specialty societies to develop MVPs with appropriate measures rather than simply repackaging existing, inadequate measures.
  • Ensure MVPs remain voluntary and retain traditional MIPS as an option for physicians. 

Click here to read the letter.