The Pulse is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from The Physician Alliance, one of Michigan's largest physician organizations serving more than 2,200 primary care and specialty physicians.
The Pulse of The Physician Alliance
Friday, November 23, 2018
CMS updates Merit-Based Incentive Payment System  
On Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Several focus areas were included in the final rule, including overhauling Medicare billing and expanding telehealth coverage (Click here for previous TPA newsletter coverage).
CMS also included updates to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2019. Eight MIPS quality measures , including four based on patients' reporting of their outcomes, will be added, and 26 quality measures will be removed from the program. Eligible clinicians now also include  physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, clinical psychologists, and registered dietitians or nutrition professionals. CMS is also adding an opt-in policy to allow clinicians who otherwise would have been excluded under the low-volume threshold the ability to participate in MIPS. Click here to read more about the final rule from CMS.
Earn up to $100 in rebates on disinfectant supplies  

Office Depot is offering rebates on disinfectant supplies. Rebates up to $100 are available on select products purchased through March 31, 2019. Click here for the rebate submission form.

Don't forget that you can shop office supplies and more for the office and home through Office Depot, part of TPA's Affiliate Partners program . Download a store discount card for in-store shopping, or click here to shop online. For information on a business account, contact TPA's representative, Christina Leza, at or (855) DEPOT11 ext. 12734.
Save the date for coding seminar in new year 
The new year will kick off with a special seminar focused on coding tips and updates to help practices improve and succeed in this area. The presentation will highlight changes and information related to the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule as well as risk adjustment and Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding payment model. 

Save the date for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 from 8-9:30am for this education program. Details and registration are coming soon!
News you can use
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