News & Updates From CMS

cms-twitter-200The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reporting these events, updates and deadlines for providers and hospitals. These items focus on the agency’s EHR Incentive programs as well as their eHealth and health IT programs and initiatives. Read the latest MLN Connects Weekly Provider eNews.

Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model Second Application Cycle Announced
The Model will begin its second performance year on January 1st, 2017. Details on Model parameters are included in the Request for Applications. All organizations interested in applying to the Next Generation Model must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), which is now available on the Next Generation ACO Model webpage. The LOI due date has been extended to May 2, 2016. Only organizations that submit an LOI will be able to complete an application. Additional information on the Model, including Application instructions, can be found on the Next Generation ACO Model web page.

March ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee: Comments on Proposals due April 8
Videos are available from the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee, which took place on March 9 through 10, 2016. Comments on proposals are due April 8:

  • Send comments on ICD-10-PCS to
  • Send comments on ICD-10-CM to

The next ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting is September 13 through14, 2016. To request code updates to be considered at this meeting, email for ICD-10-PCS or for ICD-10-CM by July 15.

2016 PQRS Educational Materials Available
2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) educational materials are available, Implementation Guide on the How to Get Started webpage for individual eligible professionals and group practices.

2016 PQRS Reporting: Avoiding 2018 Negative Payment Adjustments Call — Registration Now Open
Thursday, April 21 from 3 to 4:30 pm ET
Register early, space may be limited.
This call gives an overview of the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and related resources. The presentation will cover guidance and instructions on how individual eligible professionals and PQRS group practices can get started, satisfactorily report/participate, and avoid the 2018 PQRS negative payment adjustment. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. For a PQRS overview prior to the call, watch the 2016 Updates video.