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Medicare is transforming how it pays psychiatrists who see Medicare patients.

APA is here to help you decide what is best for your practice. To learn about these new programs and requirements, we recommend first starting with the Overview of the Quality Payment Program in the Payment Reform Toolkit. Then you can move on to fact sheets for more detailed information regarding the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance categories and “Advanced” APMs. We also recommend watching the webinar series, which includes a basic “Quality Reporting 101” webinar for psychiatrists with limited experience in quality reporting.

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Overview of the Quality Payment Program

The Overview of the Quality Payment Program will help you learn about these new programs and requirements.

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Take Action Now to Avoid Medicare Penalties

This resource has detailed instructions on how you can clarify your status under MIPS, earn higher payments, and avoid future penalties.

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Webinar Series

This webinar series is designed to give psychiatrists the tools they need to succeed with payment reform.

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MIPS Performance Categories

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Cost

The MIPS Cost performance category measures the Medicare resources used by your patients.

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Improvement Activities

The MIPS Improvement Activities performance category rewards your efforts to improve clinical practice.

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Quality

The MIPS Quality performance category aims to improve patient outcomes.

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Advancing Care Information

The MIPS Advancing Care Information performance category evaluates your use of electronic health records.

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MACRA Alternative Payment Models

Clinicians who participate in new models of care that improve quality and lower costs may be exempt from MIPS and earn financial incentives.

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APA Registry Initiative

The development of a registry will assist APA members in meeting new quality requirements, and help improve patient care and outcomes.

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