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CMS Proposes Updates to MACRA QPP for 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has issued a proposed rule that would simplify certain aspects of the Quality Payment Program (“QPP”), which was established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”).  The proposed rule is intended to simplify the QPP for small, independent, and rural practices.  CMS has also used feedback from clinicians to adjust the second year of the program.  The proposed rule is available here.

HHS Issues Alert on “Hidden Cobra” Threat

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently issued a report on multiple vulnerabilities with Microsoft products, similar to the vulnerabilities that allowed WannaCry to spread.  HHS also warns of increasing cyberattack risks posed by a group called “Hidden Cobra.”  The report includes a list of suggested safeguards to reduce the threat and emphasizes the importance of installing up-to-date patches.  For the recent Technical Alert on Hidden Cobra (issued jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI), see here.

MedPAC Proposes Accelerating Post-Acute Care Payment System

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) has issued its June report.  Among other things, the report considers and recommends implementing a unified payment system for post-acute care in the near term.  In addition, MedPAC recommends a series of reforms (both regulatory and market-based) to improve the way Medicare pays for Part B drugs.