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November 20, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Current News Moves MMA to Remind Physicians of Guidance on Boundaries in Physician-Patient Relationships
Webinars on Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: 12/5 & 12/13
Health Insurance Marketplace 2018: 3 weeks left for Open Enrollment
MMA Leadership Listening Session in Portland on Tuesday, December 5
Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Wednesday, 12/6 in Portland
House Passes CHIP Reauthorization
2018 Another Transition Year for Quality Payment Program
News from the 2017 AMA Interim Meeting
2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Provides Regulatory Relief for Physicians
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
SAVE THE DATE: MMA Legislative Committee Meets December 11th to Prepare for Next Legislative Session
Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 479 Requiring a Opioid Prescribing Policy
UPCOMING EVENTS
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Chief Executive Officer
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader
BC/BE Physician - C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital
VA Psychiatrist
BE/BC Family Practitioner - Lewiston, ME
Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Outstanding full-time opportunity for an experienced Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner with Central Maine Heart Associates in Auburn, Maine
Palliative Care Provider
Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME
DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, ME
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Anesthesiologist - Augusta/Waterville
Physiatrist - Brunswick, Maine
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Provides Regulatory Relief for Physicians

The final rule includes the following changes for 2018:

  • The update to payments under the PFS in 2018 will be +0.31 percent.

  • CMS retroactively modified 2016 PQRS and MU reporting requirements to align with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). These changes will reduce penalties for physicians in 2018. CMS estimates that 23,625 eligible clinicians will avoid a total of $22 million in 2018 PQRS penalties as a result of the change to PQRS requirements.

  • CMS finalized valuation for individual services in 2018 consistent with recommendations of the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC). To date, the RUC's efforts to address misvaluations have resulted in $5 billion in annual redistributions.

  • CMS is moving forward with the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) by finalizing a maximum payment per beneficiary of $670 over three years for the set of MDPP core and maintenance services.

  • CMS finalized a number of proposed expansions of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services coverage. The AMA strongly supported expanded coverage of both, and the expanded coverage of remote patient monitoring is not subject to the same geographic and originating site restrictions as Medicare telehealth services. This represents a seminal decision by CMS to expand coverage of remote patient monitoring services in the Medicare program.

  • In response to advocacy from the AMA and other members of the Federation, CMS finalized an additional delay in implementing the requirement that physicians consult appropriate use criteria (AUC) before ordering advanced diagnostic images, until Jan. 1, 2020.

Read the AMA's summary for additional details.

 

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