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Healthcare is a more dynamic market and now more than ever urgent care professionals need to stay informed on key issues affecting their patients' care. Be sure to stay up-to-date on health policy issues and the potential impact they may have on the urgent care industry by checking out the resources below.

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CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Participation Requirements for 2018 (June 20, 2017): CMS released proposed requirements for physician participation in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) for the 2018 performance year. 

Freestanding EDs Discussed at Congressional Hearing (May 18, 2017): A U.S. House of Representatives congressional committee held a hearing on the current status of the Medicare program. The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) asked Mark Miller, PhD, executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to preview their recommendations on freestanding emergency departments. 

New Quality Payment Program Begins on January 1: The performance period for the new Medicare Part B Quality Payment Program (QPP) will begin. While it is not necessary for clinicians to begin participation on January 1st to avoid a negative 4 percent adjustment in 2019, clinicians who are aiming to receive a positive adjustment and bonus payment are encouraged to begin participation as early in 2017 as possible.



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UCAOA State Resources: A listing of state specific resources and descriptions to help you reach out to local entities for further information.

CQ State Track: Member advocacy tool that tracks legislative activity in all 50 U.S. states.

PQRSwizard: Simplify quality reporting for the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). 

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