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It’s already Spring 2017, so if you're a clinician with a sizeable Medicare patient caseload, you're almost halfway through the first year in which you need to capture performance data to earn potentially big bonus dollars—or avoid increasingly painful deductions—starting in 2019. And if your specialty is radiology, be it diagnostic or interventional, you have some participation options unavailable to many other physicians.

Yes, CMS’s vigorous new Quality Payment Program (QPP), brought to life by the enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015—aka MACRA—is upon us. Do you know where your quality measures are?

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MACRA’s QPP replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate reimbursement formula. (Hence its nickname,...

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