CHA News Article

CMS to Consider Medicare Advantage Payment Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week issued the attached notice announcing plans to consider a Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration. Under the demonstration, CMS would use waiver authority to exempt clinicians who participate in certain payment arrangements with Medicare Advantage organizations from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System’s reporting requirements and payment adjustment. If the MAQI Demonstration moves forward, CMS would need to collect information from participants on payment arrangements with Medicare Advantage organizations, as well as Medicare Advantage payments and patient counts. Because the information is not available through other sources, CMS would require a new collection process.

CMS seeks comments on the estimated burden associated with information collection for the demonstration until Sept. 4. CHA will track the demonstration’s development and will notify members if it is formally proposed.