NAM News: July 23, 2020
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Teletown Hall with Governor Lee on July 24
Hosted by Alzheimer's Association and AARP

Summer Webinar - July 28

Nashville-area physicians received an invitation to register for the following July 28 webinar via email. If you are a Nashville-area physician and did not receive the details via email on July 20, please email so we can update your email address.

Provider Relief Fund - Post Payment Notice of Reporting Requirements

A notice was released this week on July 20 to inform provider Relief Fund (PRF) recipients that received one or more payments exceeding $10,000 in the aggregate from the PRF of the timing of future reporting requriements. Detailed instructions regarding these reports will be released by August 17, 2020. Click here to learn more.

Physicians Can Opt-Out from 2020 MIPS Program

Physicians will have the option to opt-out completely or partially from the 2020 MIPS program by completing a hardship exemption application and indicating it is due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Individual clinicians and group practices have until December 31, 2020 to complete the hardship application.
Click here to learn more. (Click the PY2020 Tab)

CMS plans on providing physicians with a couple of options on the hardship exemption application. For example, a practice may submit a hardship application and indicate that they do not want to be scored on Cost and Quality and have their score calculated based on just Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities.

Alternatively, practices may submit a hardship application and opt-out of all four performance categories and be held harmless from a 2022 payment adjustment. Submitting any MIPS data to CMS will override the hardship exception application and physicians will be scored on their submission.
The American Medical Association (AMA) is pleased CMS took their recommendation to create flexible reporting options in 2020 with the option to reweight any or all of the MIPS performance categories. The flexibilities should assist with allowing practices to focus their attention on caring for patients during the pandemic and reduce administrative burden. 
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AMA Telehealth Survey

Members are encouraged to complete the AMA’s Telehealth Impact Physician survey, supporting the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition. Since COVID-19 started, we have experienced a significant shift towards telehealth.  The goal of this project is to learn more about your experience with telehealth to identify the challenges and barriers, determine additional resources needed across the industry and health care community, provide insights to federal and state policymakers, and identify gaps in current research. Participation in this online 15-20 minute survey should be completed by August 13th, 2020.  

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