MACRA Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will release its final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) later this fall. In the meantime, CMS has been listening to physicians’ concerns about the proposed rule, as evidenced when CMS Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt announced in September that physicians can choose among four participation options to avoid payment penalties in 2019. Medicine welcomed CMS’ decision to allow physicians to pick their own pace for the initial MACRA reporting period in 2017 as a positive step toward giving all physicians a fair opportunity to succeed.     

Resources are available now to help physician practices begin to prepare for the transition to the new payment system. Click here to access the AMCNO webpage on the topic. We have included links to other organizations’ websites that cover MACRA as well, including CMS and the American Medical Association (AMA), so that you have access to various materials.

In addition, the AMA has prepared a checklist of the things you can do to prepare for the transition. Click here for that information. They have also worked with ReachMD to create a new podcast series, “Inside Medicare’s new payment system,” which is available here. These downloadable audio stories feature interviews with industry experts and physician leaders.  The AMA also offers AMA Wire articles, which provide the latest MACRA developments and more.

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