As a reminder, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its contractor, Acumen, LLC, are seeking nominations for Wave 4 of the Clinician Expert Workgroups that will provide input on the development of 4 episode-based cost measures for potential use in the Quality Payment Program. The nomination period opened in April 2021, and stakeholders are invited to submit nominations between now and May 21, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Acumen will convene the following Clinician Expert Workgroups (“workgroups”) in June 2021, which are based on the episode groups selected by CMS and informed by stakeholder input received through the public comment period:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Heart Failure
  • Low Back Pain
  • Major Depressive Disorder

Individuals interested in joining a workgroup for the first time may submit their nomination through this web-based nomination form. Wave 3 Clinical Subcommittee and workgroup members who are interested in continuing their involvement should indicate interest in an abbreviated form to be shared directly via email. Individuals who participated in Acumen stakeholder groups other than Wave 3 should fill out the full public nomination form to ensure that Acumen has the most recent information. For more information, please refer to the Call for Nominations posting website or the full nomination form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Acumen MACRA Clinical Committee Support Team at macra-clinical-committee-support@acumenllc.com.

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As the New England Quality Payment Program Support Center, Healthcentric Advisors assists New England-based physician and other eligible clinical practices to prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
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