Many Physicians, Still Fuzzy on Details, Feel Unprepared for QPP
See results of recent physician survey conducted by the AMA and KPMG.
Regardless of their size, specialty or level of preparedness, medical practices are concerned that the implementation of Medicare's QPP will be burdensome and time consuming, according to a new survey conducted by the AMA and the KPMG consulting firm.
"It's a big challenge all the way across" practice types, said Carol Vargo, director of physician practice sustainability at the AMA, who said this finding was the survey's "big takeaway."
The AMA and KPMG surveyed 1,000 practicing U.S. physicians involved in their practice's decision making regarding the implementation of the QPP, whose two pathway options include the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the adoption of an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM). The survey was conducted between April 25 and May 1, prior to the recent release of proposed QPP updates to the program by CMS.
The survey is seen as a baseline to measure MACRA implementation progress and a tool to help guide education efforts and policy decisions. The AMA is working to provide a "glide path" for physicians to transition to value-based care, she said. This includes launching an educational campaign, "One patient, one measure, no penalty," which provides physicians with resources to guide physicians on meeting the minimum requirements for this year.
"Our resources include a step-by-step video on minimum reporting requirements to avoid a penalty in 2019 and a payment model evaluator that offers a brief assessment of where a practice stands," AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, said in a statement. "In just 10 steps, physicians can successfully meet the standard under MACRA."
To learn more about CMS' "pick your pace options," listen to this recent ReachMD interview with Kate Goodrich, MD, CMS' chief medical officer and director of its Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.