Quality Payment Program (QPP): Updates for 2019 11/30/2018
On November 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule
for Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This year, CMS combined the final QPP rule with the final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule.
AANEM reviewed all 2,379 pages of the rule and while several of AANEM’s comments and suggestions were adopted in the final rule for the Physician Fee Schedule, including proposed changes to the E/M codes, most of AANEM’s concerns about the QPP went largely unheeded. The QPP will continue to be a challenging program for specialists and subspecialists, especially EDX and NM physicians, to participate in, but AANEM is hopeful that through its continued work with CMS and policymakers, we will be able to decrease the burdens associated with the QPP and increase the efficacy of the program.
Read more about changes to the QPP for Performance Year 2019.