ACC Responds to 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule

Contact: Rachel Cagan,, 2023756395

WASHINGTON (Nov 02, 2017) -

American College of Cardiology President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, made the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) release of the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule:

“Much work remains to be done to ensure these programs are implemented in a way that encourages high-quality patient care without needlessly burdening clinicians. It is encouraging to see CMS recognize 2018 as another learning year for clinicians. However, the College is disappointed to see CMS incorporate cost into the 2018 performance year MIPS score while so much is still being done to develop reliable measures in this area. We anticipate working further with CMS to ensure that the addition of this category does not negatively impact clinicians or patient care, ” said ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC.

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