MGMA Washington Connection 02/17/2022

02/17/2022 9:29 AM | Rebekah Francis (Administrator)

MGMA urges Congress to extend QPP-SURS program

The Quality Payment Program Small, Underserved, and Rural Support (QPP-SURS) program provides direct technical assistance to eligible clinicians required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). However, after five years of providing support to small practices, the program expired on Feb. 15, 2022.

MGMA is urging Congress to extend this critical program through the passage of the SURS Extension Act to ensure practices of all sizes have the resources available to succeed in the MIPS program. Join #MGMAAdvocacy by sending a letter to your congressional representatives today urging for the extension of the QPP-SURS program.

Register now for GovChat Live on good faith estimate mandates

Join MGMA Government Affairs in a GovChat Live on Tuesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. (ET), to have your questions answered and hear about MGMA advocacy related to the uninsured or self-pay good faith estimate (GFE) mandates, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2022 as part of the No Surprises Act. The team will discuss the types of providers required to issue uninsured or self-pay GFEs, what information is required to be communicated with patients, and provide an overview of the patient-provider dispute resolution process.

Registration information for the event can be found on MGMA Communities and additional information about the federal surprise billing requirements is available on the MGMA surprise billing landing page.

MGMA to CMS: Fix, don't end, Direct Contracting

MGMA, alongside 221 other leading healthcare organizations, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center urging the agency to provide improvements to the Direct Contracting model instead of ending it entirely.

The letter followed criticism from members of Congress of certain model participation tracks. However, MGMA and others maintain that with certain model improvements, Direct Contracting will remain a critical participation option for groups interested in advancing in value-based care arrangements.

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