tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2017 Issue 17

MACRA: Spotlight on Virtual Groups: Are They All They're Cracked Up to Be?

Small practices may find relief by joining a virtual group under MACRA. Teamwork is often lauded as the clearest path to reward. So it’s no surprise that CMS sees its Virtual Groups’ outline for eligible clinicians under MIPS as the easiest way for smaller practices to reap Medicare riches. But sometimes banding together causes more headache than it’s worth — especially for many unfamiliar with this new payment system. Background: With the best intentions to aid and assist smaller practices adapt to the pressures of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), MACRA mandated Virtual Groups in its 2017...

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