Trump’s budget proposal suggested CMS assess clinician performance using claims data and patient surveys, eliminating the need for physicians to report.
MIPS is one of two payment tracks established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which lays out how Medicare, the largest payer in the United States, reimburses physicians.
Many physicians have complained that the reporting requirements are burdensome and expensive — particularly for those in small practices.
Morning Consult reports Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told the Senate Finance Committee last Thursday that he wants to reduce or possibly eliminate reporting requirements for physicians to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, also known as MIPS.
Instead of requiring physicians who participate in MIPS to submit patient data, the White House budget proposal suggests having the government use claims data and patient surveys to grade doctors in the program.
Azar said at Thursday’s hearing:
We would be able to independently look at data ourselves to decide their compliance with the quality programs rather than their having to even report anything.
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