NCMS and Partners Protest a Firestorm of Penalties at CMS

As indicated by the article above and the recent volume of communication with CMS by the NCMS and other organizations, there is tremendous activity underway at CMS resulting in simultaneous implementation of programs and requirements that may result in penalties to medical practices. In an effort to seek relief for physicians, this week the NCMS signed on to a letter to CMS generated by the American Medical Association (AMA) voicing concern. These programs include the value-based modifier, eRx penalties, PQRS and EHR incentive program, along with the transition to ICD-10, all of which have the potential to create extraordinary financial and administrative burdens and mass confusion for medical practices.

To view the letter click here, and watch upcoming issues of the Bulletin for information on CMS requirements and deadlines. Immediate CMS reminders include:

  • Today, March 30, 2012, is the application deadline for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which will begin Sunday, July 1, 2012. Click here for more information.
  • Upon receiving notice that physicians were unsuccessful in attempts to contact the QualityNet Help Desk regarding Medicare e-prescribing (eRx) penalties and hardship exemptions, CMS has confirmed that the Help Desk is now able to receive these calls. Physicians are encouraged to call the Help Desk at 866-288-8912 or [email protected].

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