Ninety-one percent of all clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System participated in the first year of the Quality Payment Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported yesterday. In addition, the submission rates for Accountable Care Organizations and clinicians in rural practices were 98% and 94%, respectively. “What makes these numbers most exciting is the concerted efforts by clinicians, professional associations, and many others to ensure high quality care and improved outcomes for patients,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma wrote in a blog post. Verma said the agency remains committed to removing more of the regulatory burdens that get in the way of doctors and other clinicians spending time with their patients. “For example, we reviewed many of the MIPS requirements and developed policies for 2018 that continue to reduce burden, add flexibility, and help clinicians spend less time on unnecessary requirements and more time with patients,” Verma said.