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Physician Payment and Quality

Medicare Physician Quality Programs and Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks to transform how it reimburses providers by steering away from traditional fee-for-service and moving towards value-based payments. In 2016 physicians face a payment adjustment based on satisfactory reporting and their performance under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Value-based Modifier (VM), and Meaningful Use (MU) programs. PQRS, the VM, and MU will sunset at the end of 2018, and transition to a new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Medicare Access CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), additional information can be found in the links below.

Quality and Payment Programs' Resources

CY 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Resources

CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Resources

  • AAMC-Vizient-FPSC Webinar Slides: CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
  • AAMC PFS Proposed Rule CY 2017 Comment Letter 
  • AAMC-VIZIENT-FPSC Webinar Presentation: CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule (August 9, 2016)

CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Resources

On Patient Care


Testimony and Correspondence