News & Press: Quality Improvement

AMA Provides Information on Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

Friday, August 11, 2017  

The American Medical Association (AMA) continues to hear from physicians who feel unprepared to participate successfully in Medicare’s new Merit-based Incentive Payment System, despite the transitional flexibility provided for 2017. In particular, it seems that physicians who never participated in Medicare reporting programs before need basic information on how to avoid a payment penalty in 2019 through minimal reporting in 2017.  

To help address this need, which the AMA believes is particularly acute for physicians in smaller practices, the AMA is extending “Pick Your Pace” activities to run through the end of the year to disseminate simple instructions on how to report “one patient, one measure, no penalty.”

The AMA developed a short video, entitled “One patient, one measure, no penalty: How to avoid a Medicare payment penalty with basic reporting,” which is accessible on the AMA web site at Also on this web site physicians can find a sample CMS-1500 claim form, links to quality measures on the CMS web site, a link to the CMS MIPS eligibility tool, and other materials. Please visit this page, view the resources, so that you can possibly avoid a negative 4 percent Medicare payment reduction in 2019.

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