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  • Dates:

    The nomination period for 3 Clinician Expert Workgroups (hereafter referred to as workgroups) opens on June 3, 2022, and closes on July 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Please submit all nomination materials before the closing date.

    Project Overview:

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Acumen, LLC (hereafter referred to as Acumen), to develop episode-based cost measures for potential use in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to meet the requirements of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The contract name is “Physician Cost Measures and Patient Relationship Codes (PCMP).” The contract number is 75FCMC18D0015, Task Order 75FCMC19F0004. As part of its measure development process, Acumen convenes groups of experts and other interested parties who contribute direction and thoughtful input during cost measure development and maintenance.

    The project’s overall objective is to develop episode-based cost measures suitable for potential use in the Quality Payment Program. For more details about the project background, including development activities undertaken in previous years, please see this summary on the MACRA Feedback Page

    Acumen’s measure development approach is to convene clinician expert panels focused on particular clinical areas in cycles of development (“Waves”). In Wave 5 beginning in 2022, Acumen is convening the following:

    Kidney Transplant Management, Prostate Cancer, and Rheumatoid Arthritis workgroups to develop chronic condition episode-based cost measures

    Each workgroup will include between approximately 15 and 20 members whose specialty, expertise, or experience is aligned with the focus of the selected episode group and the workgroup composition criteria provided by commenters during the Wave 5 public comment period and previous Waves of development. All members who submit their nomination materials by the deadline and who are accepted to the workgroups will attend 3 virtual meetings. 

    All workgroup members who participated in Wave 4 in 2021-2022 and are interested in continuing with Wave 5 of cost measure development must indicate their interest in an abbreviated nomination form shared directly with members via email. These members don’t need to submit their nomination via the full web-based nomination form. Please contact the Acumen measure development team if you didn’t receive an email regarding the abbreviated nomination form.

    Clinical Subcommittee (CS) and/or workgroup members who participated in Waves 1, 2, or 3 but not Wave 4 should fill out the full web-based nomination form to ensure we have the most recent information.

    If you would like to be a part of a workgroup, but don’t practice in any of the clinical areas we’re recruiting for during this Wave, there may be a future Wave in which we convene additional workgroups. If you’re interested in receiving updates regarding any of these future opportunities, please provide your contact information on the MACRA Clinical Subcommittee Mailing List form.

    Seeking the Following Perspectives/Expertise:

    We’re recruiting physicians, osteopathic practitioners, chiropractors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, qualified speech-language pathologists, qualified audiologists, clinical psychologists, registered dietitians or nutrition professionals, clinical social workers, certified nurse midwives, and other clinicians with experience in the clinical areas listed above.

    If you aren’t one of the clinician types listed above but believe your input would be valuable for the Wave 5 workgroups, we encourage you to apply.

    The desired qualifications of workgroup members include:

    Medical credentials relevant to the types of clinicians listed above

    Familiarity with medical coding (International Classification of Diseases – 10th Revision [ICD-10], Current Procedural Terminology / Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System [CPT/HCPCS], Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups [MS-DRG])

    Board-certified or other professional certifications, as applicable

    Experience treating Medicare patients, particularly as relevant to the clinical areas for the Wave 5 cost measures

    Workgroup Expected Time Commitment:

    Tasks for All Workgroup Members:

    Review preparatory materials shared ahead of each meeting and complete any pre-meeting survey, if applicable (estimated time between 2 and 4 hours)

    Attend and participate in a part-day virtual meeting in July or August 2022, a 2-4 hour virtual meeting in September or October 2022, and a 2-4 hour virtual meeting in March or April 2023 (exact dates and times will be determined taking into consideration workgroup member availability)

    Vote in a post-meeting survey (estimated time between 1 and 2 hours per meeting)

    The meeting dates for each of the workgroup meetings are as follows:

    The first meeting will be held in July or August 2022 (see the nomination form for more details). Members will build out each component of the episode-based cost measure by providing clinical input and reviewing empirical analyses and other materials.

    The second meeting is expected to be held in September or October 2022. Members will provide clinical input on targeted components of the measure upon review of testing results for the measure as specified in consideration of their earlier input. The input provided during this meeting will help inform refinements to the measure prior to a national field test.

    The third meeting is expected to be held in March or April 2023. Workgroup members will review field testing feedback and empirical analyses to provide input on final refinements to the measures.

    Workgroup meeting dates for the second and third meetings will be determined at a later date in consideration of factors such as availability of workgroup members.

    Next Steps:

    Please read the draft charter and complete the nomination form. You may access these documents by clicking the title of each document:

    Wave 5 of Clinician Expert Workgroups Nomination Form (Survey Link)

    Interested nominees are required to submit a completed nomination form. As part of this form, nominees are required to upload: (i) a letter of interest (not to exceed 2 pages) highlighting experience/knowledge relevant to the expertise described above and involvement in measure development, and (ii) a current curriculum vitae (CV) or summary of relevant experience. If you wish to nominate yourself or other individuals for consideration, please complete the form by July 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET.

    Draft Clinician Expert Workgroup Charter

    If you would like to receive a 508-compliant PDF version of the nomination form for submission via email instead of the web-based form, please email macra-clinical-committee-support@acumenllc.com to receive a blank form.

    If you would like to receive additional information on the Clinician Expert Workgroup nomination and measure development processes, or if you have any questions about the project more generally, please email macra-clinical-committee-support@acumenllc.com

Last Updated: Jun 2022