Call for TEP and Clinician Committee Nominations: Development of Patient-Reported Outcome Performance Measure (PRO-PM) for Preventive Cancer Screening

Call for TEP and Clinician Committee Nominations: Development of Patient-Reported Outcome Performance Measure (PRO-PM) for Preventive Cancer Screening

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation – Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) to develop a quality measure to assess preventative screenings for cancers where there are known disparities in preventive care such as colorectal cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, and lung cancer. The measure will assess the quality of care provided by clinicians who are eligible to participate under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and will use data collected from patients.

As part of the measure development process, CORE convenes groups of stakeholders and experts who contribute direction and thoughtful input during measure development.

CORE is currently recruiting for two stakeholder groups to provide input on the measure’s​ development: 1) Technical Expert Panel (TEP) and 2) Clinician Committee. We will ask members of both groups to review materials and provide input to help shape the measure, such as the design of the patient survey instrument to collect patient data, data collection methodologies, and risk adjustment. Given your expertise and/or the expertise/mission of your organization, we invite you to nominate​ yourself or individuals who might be interested in participating in our TEP and/or Clinician​ Committee. Instructions for submitting a nomination are below.

For detailed information about this project and nominee requirements, please refer to the project posting on CMS’ webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/TEP-Currently-Accepting-Nominations.

  • For the TEP, we are seeking individuals with differing perspectives and areas of expertise including but not limited to physicians and other clinicians who provide preventive care services for cancers included in the measure, health disparities experts, psychometricians, healthcare consumers, patients, caregivers, and quality measurement experts. Persons selected to serve on the TEP will represent themselves and not their organizations.
  • For the Clinician Committee, we are seeking professional/specialty society representatives, as well as front-line clinicians (particularly those in rural and/or underserved communities) who provide preventive services for cancers included in the measure, provide counseling to cancer patients, or treat cancer patients. Individuals selected to the Clinician Committee may serve as representatives of their organization.

Expected Time Commitment: The TEP and Clinician Committee will meet separately. CORE anticipates holding approximately three to five webinar meetings with each group between April 2022 and September 2024.

Instructions for Submitting a Nomination

If you or someone you know with relevant expertise would like to participate on the TEP, Clinician Committee, or both, please:

If you are unable to complete the online form, you may email your completed Nomination Form, letter of interest, and CV to CMSMIPSScreeningPROPM@yale.edu.

Once the nomination process is complete, CORE will select a TEP composed of approximately 15-18 individuals and a Clinician Committee of approximately 8-12 individuals based on the areas of expertise and the specific requirements of the measure.

Please contact CORE at CMSMIPSScreeningPROPM@yale.edu should you have any questions.


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A Closer Look

Issue Number:​ ​ ​ ​ CL-2022-02

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Today, the IRS published the latest executive column, “A Closer Look,” which features Harrison Smith, Co-Director, IRS Enterprise Digitalization and Case Management Office, discussing how the immediate need to minimize in-person contact to protect taxpayers and employees led the IRS to take steps toward increasing digital interactions. “As difficult as these last months have been, we’ve found demands from challenging times can evolve into opportunities to meet taxpayers’ needs and to better serve their representatives,” said Smith. “Never was this more evident than during this pandemic.” Read more here. Read the Spanish version here.

A Closer Look” is a column from IRS executives that covers a variety of timely issues of interest to taxpayers and the tax community. It also provides a detailed look at key issues affecting everything from IRS operations and employees to issues involving taxpayers and tax professionals.

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Top 5 things to remember when filing income tax returns in 2022


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Top 5 things to remember when filing income tax returns in 2022

WASHINGTON — With filing season beginning January 24, the Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers about several key items to keep in mind when filing their federal income tax returns this year.

Given the unprecedented circumstances around the pandemic and unique challenges for this tax season, the IRS offers a 5-point checklist that can help many people speed tax return processing and refund delivery while avoiding delays.

1.​ File an accurate return and use e-file and direct deposit to avoid delays. Taxpayers should electronically file and choose direct deposit as soon as they have everything they need to file an accurate return. Taxpayers have many choices, including using a trusted tax professional. For those using e-file, the software helps individuals avoid mistakes by doing the math. It guides people through each section of their tax return using a question-and-answer format.

2.​ For an accurate return, collect all documents before preparing a tax return; make sure stimulus payment and advance Child Tax Credit information is accurate. In addition to collecting W-2s, Form 1099s and other income-related statements, it is important people have their advance Child Tax Credit and Economic Impact Payment information on hand when filing.

Advance CTC letter 6419: In late December 2021, and continuing into January, the IRS started sending letters to people who received advance CTC payments. The letter says, “2021 Total Advance Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC) Payments” near the top and, “Letter 6419” on the bottom righthand side of the page.​ Here’s what people need to know:

  • The letter contains important information that can help ensure the tax return is accurate.
  • People who received advance CTC payments can also check the amount of the payments they received by using the CTC Update Portal available on IRS.gov.
  • Eligible taxpayers who received advance Child Tax Credit payments should file a 2021 tax return to receive the second half of the credit. Eligible taxpayers who did not receive advance Child Tax Credit payments can claim the full credit by filing a tax return.

Third Economic Impact Payment letter 6475: In late January 2022, the IRS will begin issuing letters to people who received a third payment in late January 2021. The letter says, “Your Third Economic Impact Payment” near the top and, “Letter 6475” on the bottom righthand side of the page. Here’s what people need to know:

  • Most eligible people already received their stimulus payments. This letter will help individuals determine if they are eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) for missing stimulus payments.
  • People who are eligible for RRC must file a 2021 tax return to claim their remaining stimulus amount.
  • People can also use IRS online account to view their Economic Impact Payment amounts.

Both letters – 6419 and 6475 – include important information that can help people file an accurate 2021 tax return. If a return includes errors or is incomplete, it may require further review while the IRS corrects the error, which may slow the tax refund. Using this information when preparing a tax return electronically can reduce errors and avoid delays in processing.

3.​ Avoid lengthy phone delays; use online resources before calling the IRS. Phone demand on IRS assistance lines remains at record highs. To avoid lengthy delays, the IRS urges people to use IRS.gov to get answers to tax questionscheck a refund status or pay taxes. There’s no wait time or appointment needed — online tools and resources are available 24 hours a day.

Additionally, the IRS has several ways for taxpayers to stay up to date on important tax information:

4.​ Waiting on a 2020 tax return to be processed? Special tip to help with e-filing a 2021 tax return: In order to validate and successfully submit an electronically filed tax return to the IRS, taxpayers need their Adjusted Gross Income, or AGI, from their most recent tax return. For those waiting on their 2020 tax return to be processed, here’s a special tip to ensure the tax return is accepted by the IRS for processing. Make sure to enter $0 (zero dollars) for last year’s AGI on the 2021 tax return. For those who used a Non-Filer tool in 2021 to register for an advance Child Tax Credit or third Economic Impact Payment in 2021, they should enter $1 as their prior year AGI. Everyone else should enter their prior year’s AGI from last year’s return. Remember, if using the same tax preparation software as last year, this field will auto-populate.

5.​ Free resources are available to help taxpayers file. During this challenging year, the IRS reminds taxpayers there are many options for free help, including many resources on IRS.gov. For those looking to avoid the delays with a paper tax return, IRS Free File is an option. With Free File, leading tax software providers make their online products available for free as part of a 20-year partnership with the Internal Revenue Service. This year, there are eight products in English and two in Spanish. IRS Free File is available to any person or family who earned $73,000 or less in 2021. Qualified taxpayers can also find free one-on-one tax preparation help around the nation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

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Copyright Office Announces 2022–2026 Strategic Plan: Fostering Creativity and Enriching Culture

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Copyright Office Announces 2022–2026 Strategic Plan: Fostering Creativity and Enriching Culture

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Today, January 20, 2022, the U.S. Copyright Office released its 20222026 Strategic Plan, Fostering Creativity and Enriching Culture, which sets out its goals for the next five years. The plan seeks to benefit the public by expanding the Office’s outreach, improving integration of data and technology, and continuing to provide expertise to the copyright community as a whole.

Fostering Creativity and Enriching Culture articulates four overarching goals: Copyright for All, Continuous Development, Impartial Expertise, and Enhanced Use of Data. These goals, aligned closely with those of the Library of Congress, are intended to make the copyright system more accessible, understandable, and up to date.

“The Office is adapting and responding to new demands, needs, and expectations,” said Shira Perlmutter, Register of Copyrights. “This strategic plan builds on our strong foundations, and charts a course for future initiatives.”

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Common tax return mistakes that can cost taxpayers

Issue Number: COVID Tax Tip 2022-11


Common tax return mistakes that can cost taxpayers

Tax laws are complicated but the most common tax return errors are surprising simple. Many mistakes can be avoided by filing electronically. Tax software does the math, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. It can also help taxpayers claim valuable credits and deductions.

Using a reputable tax preparer​ – including certified public accountants, enrolled agents​ or other knowledgeable tax professionals – can also help avoid errors.

  • Filing too early. While taxpayers should not file late, they also should not file prematurely. People who don’t wait to file before they receive all the proper tax reporting documents risk making a mistake that may lead to a processing delay.
  • Missing or inaccurate Social Security numbers. Each SSN on a tax return should appear exactly as printed on the Social Security card.
  • Misspelled names. Likewise, a name listed on a tax return should match the name on that person’s Social Security card.
  • Entering information inaccurately. Wages, dividends, bank interest, and other income received and that was reported on an information return should be entered carefully. This includes any information needed to calculated credits and deductions.​ Using tax software should help prevent math errors, but individuals should always review their tax return for accuracy.
  • Incorrect filing status.​ Some taxpayers choose the wrong filing status. The Interactive Tax Assistant on IRS.gov can help taxpayers choose the correct status especially if more than one filing status applies. Tax software also helps prevent mistakes with filing status. ​
  • Math mistakes.​ Math errors are some of the most common mistakes. They range from simple addition and subtraction to more complex calculations. Taxpayers should always double check their math. Better yet, tax prep software does it automatically. ​
  • Figuring credits or deductions. Taxpayers can make mistakes figuring things like their earned income tax creditchild and dependent care credit, child tax credit, and recovery rebate credit. The Interactive Tax Assistant can help determine if a taxpayer is eligible for tax credits or deductions. Tax software will calculate these credits and deductions and include any required forms and schedules. Taxpayers should Double check where items appear on the final return before clicking the submit button. ​
  • Incorrect bank account numbers. Taxpayers who are due a refund should choose direct deposit. This is the fastest way for a taxpayer to get their money. However, taxpayers need to make sure they use the correct routing and account numbers on their tax return. ​
  • Unsigned forms. An unsigned tax return isn’t valid. In most cases, both spouses must sign a joint return. Exceptions may apply for members of the armed forces or other taxpayers who have a valid power of attorney. Taxpayers can avoid this error by filing their return electronically and digitally signing it before sending it to the IRS.​

The IRS urges all taxpayers to file electronically and choose direct deposit to get their refund faster. IRS Free File offers online tax preparation, direct deposit of refunds and electronic filing, all for free. Some options are available in Spanish. Many taxpayers also qualify for free tax return preparation from IRS-certified volunteers.


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