MACRA Resources for Medical Practices

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was signed into law in April 2016. While this law permanently repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, the new legislation has significant implications for how physicians are paid by Medicare. Fee-for-service will be replaced with payments for value of care provided. The resources below will help provide a deeper understanding of what it takes to be successful in optimizing reimbursement.

Feb 01, 2019
MACRA 2019 Changes Address Physician Concerns
By Kim Hathaway, MSN, CPHRM, Healthcare Quality Patient Safety and Risk Consultant
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to ease regulatory burdens by removing process measures, developing more outcome measures, changing the fee schedule to support telemedicine technology, and focusing on EHR interoperability. The changes were effective on January 1, 2019.

Jun 07, 2018
MACRA Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Stay in the Race
Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, Patient Safety and Risk Management Consultant, with contributions by Kim Hathaway, Healthcare Quality and Risk Consultant
The MACRA 2018 rule is intended to ease some of the burdens on small practices and groups and began its performance period in January 2018 by maintaining flexibility and adding more pathways for small practices and solo practitioners to successfully participate.

Nov 27, 2017
The Quality Payment Program: What You Need to Know for 2018
Beth Hickerson, Quality Improvement Advisor, Medical Advantage Group
The government recently announced 2018 changes to the Quality Payment Program. Many of these changes add flexibility and higher exemption requirements—welcome news to medical practices.

Sep 18, 2017
MACRA and MIPS: Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to common questions about the MACRA and MIPS.

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