MACRA eLearning Series

CMS Special Session - MACRA eLearning Series Part:8

Topic: Proposed changes for MIPS and APMs in 2018
Schedule: July 27, 2017, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
Presenter from CMS: Benjamin Chin Read more!
Presenter from CMS: Dr. Lemeneh Tefera Read more!
Presenter from iPatientCare: Arnaz Bharucha Read more!

Session Overview

Speakers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will provide an overview of the Quality Payment Program with a focus on Alternative Payment Models (APMs). The presentation will also address proposed changes for 2018 for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and APMs.

In this session, we will cover:

  • Introduction to Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs)
  • Criteria for Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs)
  • Qualifying APM participant
  • APM scoring standard
  • Other Payer Advanced APMs
  • Proposed Changes for MIPS in 2018
  • Proposed Changes for APMs in 2018

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Presenter from CMS:

Benjamin Chin

Benjamin Chin is a graduate of Rutgers University is currently a policy analyst specializing in health care policy working for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Prior to joining CMS, Ben worked at the Thailand Institute of Justice in Bangkok, Thailand as a Henry Luce Scholar where he conducted research on alternatives to incarceration for drug involved offenders throughout the ASEAN region. Ben has also worked for Abt Associates and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration prior to working for CMS.


Presenter from CMS:

Dr. Lemeneh Tefera

Dr. Lemeneh Tefera, who goes by “Tef,” received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and then completed an emergency medicine residency at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. He continued in academic medicine where he held faculty appointments at Mount Sinai Hospital, Montefiore Hospital, and Beth Israel Medical Center- all in New York City. In addition to his urban ER clinical experience, he worked as a visiting doctor in Australia, England, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, and volunteered with Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. His work abroad developed into an interest in comparative health delivery systems that inspired him to return to graduate school. At the London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Tefera studied both health and behavioral economics with a keen interest in how monetary and non-monetary incentives impact provider behavior. Prior to joining the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Dr. Tefera served as the Health Policy Fellow for Senator Jeanne Shaheen who sits on the Appropriations Subcommittee covering Health and Human Services. His role was as a clinical expert and advisor helping to brief the Senator on a wide range of health policy issues. At CMS, Dr. Tefera serves as a Medical Officer and policy advisor for the group that runs CMS’s value-based purchasing programs and the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS). He also leads prescription opioid policy and advises on the new sepsis measure for the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ). In addition to his policy work, Dr. Tefera still practices in the ER and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University.


Presenter from iPatientCare:

Arnaz Bharucha

Sr. Technology Officer
Software Architect
R & D Lead - Quality Improvement


Arnaz has been associated with iPatientCare for more than 17 years. Passionate about Quality Improvement Initiatives in Healthcare, she is the guiding force behind the Quality Improvement Consulting Group and has participated in various FACA workgroup meetings and providing comments on various rule-making. A Senior Technology Officer and Software Architect, she is actively involved in understanding the requirements of Meaningful Use, ONC Certification, MACRA and other quality reporting initiatives and architecting a highly robust and scalable application to enable healthcare providers to provide optimal care to their patients without worrying about the additional overheads for the quality reporting. One of her most significant contribution has been the robust Enterprise Quality Reporting Engine and the Meaningful Use Dashboard which churns out the Clinical Quality Measures for MU, PQRS, PCMH and other quality reporting and incentive initiatives, which is now expanded to include the MIPS reporting.


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