Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released preliminary data on COVID-19 derived from Medicare claims. The data provides a highly instructive picture of the impact of COVID-19 on the Medicare population, further confirming a number of long understood patterns in the disease such as the elevated risk for seniors with underlying health conditions.

Making it Easier to Compare Providers and Care Settings on
CMS plans to improve online comparison tools to inform health care decisions

In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – or MACRA. In an attempt to streamline multiple quality programs for physicians, the law created the Merit Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS).

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is deeply committed to ongoing data transparency and creating a patient-centered healthcare system, where clinicians are challenged to lower costs and increase the quality of care they provide. At the same time, we want to empower patients to make more informed healthcare decisions by providing meaningful information about their healthcare providers. The Quality Payment Program (QPP) is a key component of these efforts.

Earlier this year, we released preliminary participation data on clinicians eligible to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This program was a big change for many clinicians, and this year we saw a high participation rate and an emphasis on working to improve outcomes for our beneficiaries.