Important Update for Nephrologists re: MIPS

The long push for payment models to cross the silos of kidney care – chronic kidney disease (CKD), kidney failure and dialysis, and kidney transplant – continues with newly announced modifications to the implementation timeline of the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model, often referred to as the voluntary model.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which creates models and created the ESCOs, has extended the implementation period from March 31, 2021, until December 31, 2021. The effective performance year that was scheduled to begin April 1, 2021 will now begin January 1, 2022.

 

The long push for payment models to cross the silos of kidney care – chronic kidney disease (CKD), kidney failure and dialysis, and kidney transplant – continues with newly announced modifications to the implementation timeline of the Kidney Care Choices (KCC) Model, often referred to as the voluntary model.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which creates models and created the ESCOs, has extended the implementation period from March 31, 2021, until December 31, 2021. The effective performance year that was scheduled to begin April 1, 2021 will now begin January 1, 2022.

“ASN has been advocating for a care delivery model that breaks down silos of care for more than a decade,” said ASN Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs Rachel Meyer.  “While disappointed that implementation of the KCC model has been extended, we ultimately think the additional time will allow CMMI to address some known, fixable challenges with the model, ensuring greater nephrologist participation and the success of the model when it does launch.  ASN will continue to, work closely with the CMMI team, the Biden-Harris administration, and the rest of the kidney community to address those known challenges and deliver more patient-centered kidney care.”

ASN has conveyed to CMMI that the agency’s top priority must be to deal with those nephrologists who had planned to be a part of an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM) for 2021 and were not expecting to be reporting to Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and how will they be impacted financially.  CMMI has indicated that it will have a response to that issue within a matter of weeks. 

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