• CMS Quality Payment Program Policy Updates and Predictions for 2021 and Beyond

    Each year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes modifications to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) through the rulemaking process. It is important to be aware of how these updates may affect your practice. In this webinar, staff from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) will describe significant policy changes to both QPP pathways, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMS) from the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, including new reporting options like MIPS Value Pathways (MVPs) and APM Performance Pathways (APP). They will also provide insight into the Biden Administration’s areas of focus for healthcare, continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the future of value-based payment models. 

    Learning Objectives 

    At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be prepared to:  

    • Identify changes in QPP policy that affect their practice. 
    • Recognize where gaps in their current QPP compliance plan may exist.  
    • Plan for future changes to QPP policy. 

    Learning Documents:


    Meet the Speakers:

    Brandy M. Keys, MPH: Director, Registry and Regulatory Advocacy, Office of Government Relations, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

    Originally from North Carolina, Brandy M. Keys, MPH started her career in healthcare eleven years ago at a revenue cycle management company, where she assisted independent practices with Quality Payment Program compliance, contracting, and reimbursement optimization. In 2018, she received a Master of Public Health degree from her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and shortly thereafter made the move to Washington, DC to focus on health policy. She found a new home at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Office of Government Relations as the Director of Registry and Regulatory Advocacy, where she represents the orthopaedic perspective in interactions with regulators on a variety of topics including, value-based payment models, drugs, devices and biologics, and clinical data registries. In her downtime, she is an avid runner, hiker, and yoga enthusiast. When she is not enjoying the outdoors, you can find her listening to the latest true crime podcast with her calico cat, Valentina.

    Shreyasi Deb, PhD, MBA: Senior Director, Health Policy, Office of Government Relations, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

    Shreyasi Deb, PhD, MBA is a health policy and health services researcher with research interests in disability, health disparities and aging. Currently, she leads the regulatory health policy team at the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in Washington, DC. She has expertise on regulatory health policy, clinical quality, value-based payment and strategic communication with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders. Dr. Deb currently serves on the Friends of NQF Steering Committee and the Movement is Life Steering Committee. She regularly writes and speaks on health policy issues and has published in several peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, INQUIRY and the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. In her down time, she loves to dwell on all things politics, policy and culinary.

    Dr. Deb received her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her MBA from the International Management Institute, New Delhi, India. Previously, she worked for several years in organizational development and was a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.


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