The massive physician payment rule continues a trend of exempting a large number of doctors from MIPS.
Last week's most popular healthcare stories were packed with policy news. The CMS worked through the Fourth of July week, making changes to several payment programs. Meanwhile, other providers are amping up the push for value-based care, and the Trump administration slashed another ACA program.
The question now is whether the CMS will reconsider its waiver approvals or risk more lawsuits and potential derailment of work requirements.
The CMS couldn't yet disclose specific changes to the methodology, but an agency official told Project Japan the changes will likely involve finding a way to mitigate the impact that changes to measures have on hospitals' overall ratings.
The CMS is considering easing coverage restrictions on a heart valve surgical procedure after clinicians claimed the policy prevents patients from receiving a potentially lifesaving operation.
Patients participating in a hospital-at-home model crafted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reported shorter readmissions, fewer emergency department visits and better patient experience.
The AMGA endorsed a set of 14 quality measures for payers to use to simplify providers' reporting process for value-based purchasing programs.
The CMS has issued a request for information to review how it can reduce the burden around the controversial Stark law. Providers claim the law has slowed the move to value-based care.
The CMS' star ratings have relied heavily on a single measure to determine how well hospitals perform on safety, which dramatically affected overall ratings, according to an analysis by Chicago's Rush University Medical Center.
In a letter to the CMS, the Leapfrog Group opposed a proposal to remove safety measures from two CMS quality reporting programs, arguing the move is a blow to transparency.
The outcome of a lawsuit challenging Kentucky's plan to establish a work requirement and other conditions on its Medicaid population could affect the fate of similar waivers approved by the CMS in Arkansas, Indiana and New Hampshire.
A focus on culture has allowed hospitals to repeat several times on the annual IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.