The following post was contributed by Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR.
If you read my June 2015 ACR Bulletin article, you know big changes are on the way for radiology (and other physician) payment. The American College of Radiology (ACR) is working, as part of the new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (HCPLAN) initiative, to produce quality metrics to ensure radiology is positioned for success in new health care delivery and payment models.
By 2022, under the newly established Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Medicare radiology payments may rise or fall as much as nine percent. Additional bonuses will be available for exceptional performance.
In the near future, ACR will task thought leaders with ensuring that we have a robust model to communicate to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other payers. We want input from leaders in quality, metrics and informatics; representatives from various practice types; and other radiology stakeholders as well as those from allied professions.
You will hear much more on these issues in the coming months. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with your thoughts and questions on this important effort. As always, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org , and I encourage you to follow me on Twitter at @DrGMcGinty.