Quality Payment Program
The AANA continues to develop informational sources to aid certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in understanding the complex relationship between quality and value outlined in many of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) quality initiatives. As these quality initiatives will affect reimbursement, it is important for CRNAs to build their knowledge base and become more familiar with some of these programs. This website is intended to be an educational guide to the programs the AANA believes will impact CRNAs the most.
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Quality Payment Program Year 2: 2018 MIPS Overview
On November 16, 2017, CMS released the official CY 2018 Final Rule outlining changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System under Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program. Along with the Final Rule, CMS released an Overview Fact Sheet and Executive Summary highlighting the finalized policies.
The AANA Research and Quality Division has prepared a short video as a guide for CRNAs newly participating or transitioning to Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program and MIPS. The video will discuss issues of import for CRNAs as they navigate new MIPS participation requirements in 2018.
Overview of Alternative Payment Models
QPP Performance Year 2018
AANA Introductory Video on Alternative Payment Models - What CRNAs Need to Know
Are you confused about how the Quality Payment Program (QPP) is changing how Medicare reimburses eligible clinicians (ECs) for the Part B services they provide, you are not alone. Although many clinicians are familiar with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program, many more are unacquainted with the other arm of the QPP - Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). The Research and Quality (RQ) Division has developed an educational introductory video to familiarize CRNAs with APMS. The goal of the video is to provide CRNAs with basic knowledge about APM participation within the QPP.
2018 MIPS Performance Category Fact Sheets
These downloadable fact sheets offer a quick high level overview of each 2018 MIPS performance category.
- Quality Fact Sheet
- Improvement Activities Fact Sheet
- Promoting Interoperability (formerly Advancing Care Information) Fact Sheet
- Cost Fact Sheet
- MIPS 2018 On The Mind Infographic
MIPS Frequently Ask Questions (FAQs)
For individual CRNAs and anesthesia groups that would like further details about Quality and Improvement Activities, these FAQs offer further in-depth information about the two most important categories relevant to anesthesia providers.