PAI Responds to ‘Virtual Groups’ Proposal

A letter submitted this week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI), which is led by North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) CEO Robert W. Seligson, expressed support for the proposal to allow Virtual Groups for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS is part of the new Quality Payment Program established through MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIPs Reauthorization Act).

The virtual groups’ option allows solo practitioners and groups of 10 or fewer MIPS eligible clinicians to form a virtual group for collectively reporting and meeting the MIPS reporting requirements. PAI is supportive of the virtual groups reporting option for individual practitioners and small group practices, and believe it will allow solo practitioners and small groups to collaborate and share the responsibility and burden of participation, but still be eligible to have a “stake in the game” and earn a positive payment adjustment.

Read the letter and PAI’s comments on the process.

PAI is a not-for-profit organization established to advance fair and transparent policies in the health care system to sustain the profession of medicine for the benefit of patients. As part of this mission, PAI seeks to better understand the challenges facing physicians and their patients and to educate policymakers about these challenges. PAI also develops tools to help physicians prepare for and respond to policies and marketplace trends that impact their ability to practice medicine.

The NCMS worked with PAI to develop a comprehensive set of tools to help you understand and comply with MACRA. Access those resources. Be sure to read the Learning Opportunities section of the Bulletin for upcoming webinars from CMS and the AMA on MACRA and what you need to know to be successful.


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