Monday Morning Rounds with CMS

ICYMI, here is recent communication from CMS.



2024 MIPS Value Pathway (MVP) Registration Open
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Value Pathways (MVPs) registration window is open for the 2024 performance year. Individuals, groups, subgroups, and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Entities that wish to report an MVP can register until December 2, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET.

NEW FOR 2024: To register, you’ll sign in to the QPP website with your HCQIS Access and Roles Profile (HARP) account. This is different from the 2023 process of completing an Excel form and emailing the QPP Service Center.

2024 CAHPS for MIPS Survey Registration Open
Registration is open through July 1, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Survey for the 2024 performance year.

Groups, virtual groups, and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Entities with 2 or more clinicians (including at least one MIPS eligible clinician) can register to administer the CAHPS for MIPS Survey for traditional MIPS; groups and APM Entities (excluding Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)) with 2 or more clinicians that choose to report the APM Performance Pathway (APP) must register to administer the survey; groups, subgroups and APM Entities with 2 or more clinicians reporting a MIPS Value Pathway (MVP) can register to administer the survey.


Quality Payment Program

Administrative Simplification

CMS Innovation Center

Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model
The InCK Model is a child-centered local service delivery and state payment model which aims to reduce expenditures and improve quality of care for children ages 0-20 covered by Medicaid. Some states also serve pregnant adults and CHIP enrollees. Award recipients received funding for a two year pre-implementation period (2020 – 2021) and a five year implementation period (2022 – 2026).

Independence at Home (IAH) Demonstration
The Independence at Home (IAH) demonstration is a Congressionally mandated test of whether a payment incentive for providing home-based primary care reduces health care spending and improves the quality of care for high-cost, high-need fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries. Participating home-based primary care practices can earn incentive payments if their beneficiaries’ Medicare spending is less than a given spending target and if they meet the standards for selected quality measures.

Primary Care First (PCF) Model
CMS launched the Primary Care First (PCF) Model in 2021 to improve quality of care, improve patients’ experience of care, and reduce expenditures by increasing patients’ access to advanced primary care services through a simplified payment structure designed to reduce administrative burden and reward performance. A second cohort of practices joined in 2022.