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2017 Clinical Activity Benchmarks

2017 Clinical Activity Benchmarks are appearing online.  Each year the FPSC samples providers and sends a survey instrument to FPSC contacts across the membership to collect validated CFTE and specialty information.  RVU values assigned to billing data for January to June of 2016 are annualized, and with the CFTE values from the returned surveys, benchmark pools are established.

Benchmarks are calculated based on providers that are 60% clinical in most instances, 40% clinical when needed.  To establish a benchmark, we require at least 20 providers from at least 6 organizations.  87% of specialties had benchmark pools of 30 providers or more. 

Two differences this year are that we are not replacing the benchmarks for the entire previous year.  That means that 2015 and 2016 will display the same benchmarks.  New benchmarks will appear as of 1/1/2017 and going forward the benchmarks will be updated annually at the 1st of the year.  Also new is that we've elected to carry forward benchmarks that were published last year but did not meet the thresholds for inclusion this year.

Specialty benchmarks carried forward:

  • Audiology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Physical Medicine: Neurological
  • Transplant Surgery: Liver

Specialties added that were not included last year:

  • Medical Oncology with Infusion
  • Surgery: Oral
  • Surgery: Pediatric Cardiac
  • Surgery: Pediatric Neurosurgery

Benchmarks are now available for 121 clinical specialties and sub-specialties.  

FPSC Annual Conference 2017

June 15-16

JW Marriott, Chicago


Join fellow ambulatory care and physician practice leaders from the nation's top academic medical centers to exchange insights on timely issues and shared challenges impacting the clinical enterprise.  Building off of the success of previous years, the FPSC Annual Conference 2017 will inspire new ideas through a series of thought-provoking keynotes, focus track sessions, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities.  Please stay tuned for more details, including speaker and registration information, in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact Jake Langley or Jeff Lerman.


As in past years, the program includes opportunitiesthrough a series of "focus track sessions"to share your organization's work with your colleagues from the academic practice community.  "Focus track sessions" are 60-minutes long including 45 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for Q&A and all topics selected will be offered twice during the program.


We invite you and your organization to propose ideas for presentations.  Examples of topic areas include:

  • Practice Management (e.g., physician productivity and compensation, clinical workforce planning/management, clinic operations, access to care, use of APPs, physician burnout)
  • Revenue Cycle Operations (e.g., coding, charge capture, patient collections, denials prevention/management, payer relations, enterprise-wide initiatives)
  • Quality and Efficiency (e.g., PQRS/GPRO, Meaningful Use, evolution of organizational infrastructure to support quality and efficiency, practice standards, enterprise-wide initiatives, organizational structure for collecting PQRS/GPRO data)

If your organization is interested in presenting at the meeting, please forward a brief overview of your proposed session to Jeff Lerman.  Proposals should include a description of the strategic objectives of the initiative, the role data played, and the impact the work had on your organization.  The FPSC will waive one meeting registration fee for each presentation selected.

2016 Revenue Cycle Suite Benchmarks Published

In October, the FPSC Revenue Cycle Suite reports were updated with 2016 benchmarks. Benchmarks are available on a variety of measures, including net collection rates, timeliness of collections, denial rates, and denial resolutions. The 2016 benchmarks are generated using invoices created in calendar year 2015 and activity on those invoices through the first six months of calendar year 2016.

To learn more, contact Jennifer Jenkins at (312) 775-4216.

FY2016 Billing Office Survey

The FY2016 Billing Office Survey is now open for participation!  The survey offers insights to help faculty physician groups determine how to best manage and allocate resources for professional fee billing and identify opportunities to improve billing and collection performance.  In recent years, the survey has provided insights into billing system adoption and comparative performance of organizations that have recently completed, are in preliminary discussions with billing system vendors, or are in the midst of a billing system transition.  Participating organizations receive a comprehensive report along with trended key performance indicators.

For questions related to the survey, please contact Greg Askin (312-775-4121)

FPSC Training Opportunities

Visit the FPSC Training Calendar to register for upcoming virtual training opportunities.  We are pleased to offer these sessions as a way for new users to learn more about the FPSC and for established users to get a refresher on what the FPSC has to offer.

These sessions will be offered on a monthly basis and will focus on:

    • FPSC General Overview
    • Clinical Activity Suite
    • Revenue Cycle Suite

If you have questions about training, please contact FPSC Support.


MACRA Overview Available

Please use the links below to access the recordings of the FPSC’s recent MACRA Overview webcast.

Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Proposed Rule CY 2016 (recording)
Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Proposed Rule CY 2016 (presentation)

MACRA: Alternative Payment Models Proposed Rule CY 2016 (recording)
MACRA: Alternative Payment Models Proposed Rule CY 2016 (presentation)

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) proposed rule was released on April 27, 2016, establishing a new Medicare payment system for physicians – the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MACRA also incentivizes participation in certain alternative payment models (APMs).

CMS will release the MACRA final rule later this Fall with changes officially going into effect January 1, 2017.  Medicare payment will not be impacted by MACRA until January 1, 2019.

If you have questions regarding MACRA or either of the overview webcast recordings, please contact Jake Langley.

Annual 2015 QRUR Reports Released

The 2015 QRUR reports were released by CMS on September 26, 2016.  The reports can be accessed on the CMS Enterprise Portal at using an Enterprise Identify Management (EIDM) account with the correct role.  See the How to Obtain a QRUR Page for instructions on how to set up an EIDM account and access your TIN’s QRUR. Information about the QRURs is available on the 2015 QRUR website.  For questions, please contact Jake Langley or Kathy Yue.   

FPSC Annual Conference 2016

The 2016 FPSC Annual Conference featured an exciting agenda packed with fantastic keynotes, focus track sessions on practice, revenue cycle, and quality and efficiency management, as well as ample professional and pre-conference social networking activities.  To access meeting materials, please click on the materials link below.
Access the Q&E Module Collaboration Site here.

CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Webinar

AAMC and Vizient staff hosted a web conference on December 3rd to help faculty practice organizations understand the impact of the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and to better prepare organizations as Medicare starts implementing the pay-for-performance programs. A PDF version of the presentation is available below. For questions related to the physician payment provisions, please contact Dave Troland. For questions about quality related provisions, please contact Jake Langley or Kathy Yue.

Innovations to Improve Health Care Coordination

Vizient and AAMC are partnering with five academic medical centers across the country on an initiative to improve health care coordination between primary care physicians and specialty physicians. The $7 million project is being funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to evaluate the impact of implementation of a consultation and referral platform that is integrated into the electronic health record. To learn more, please visit the Vizient, AAMC, or CMS websites.

The New Quality & Efficiency Module

Nearly 50 groups have already signed up for the new module, is your group one of them?

The Vizient-AAMC Faculty Practice Solutions Center is pleased to offer a new module to help inform and support member initiatives to improve the cost, efficiency and quality of patient care.

Features of the New FPSC Quality & Efficiency Module:

Reports & Comparative Data Improvement Toolkits & Networking Opportunities
Robust comparative data on specific CMS quality, cost and outcome measures by GPRO reporting type Automatic enrollment in focused learning collaboratives that provide guidelines ad toolkits to help improve performance
Comparison of quality tiering scores by GPRO reporting type Member case studies on successful practices
Additional dynamic, detailed reports with comparative data to further help members assess performance Expanded networking opportunities including Webinars and symposiums
Staff who can help interpret your QRUR report and provide ad hoc custom analyses Staff who can serve as liaisons to help facilitate questions and share feedback directly from CMS on your behalf

Please note, the only additional data needed to participate in this module can be pulled directly from your CMS Quality and Resource Use Reports.

To learn more about the Quality & Efficiency Module please contact Jake Langley at 312-775-4239.

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