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How to Prepare
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We partnered with Medical Economics to share tips and strategies to help your practice prepare for MACRA.
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Need help deciphering MACRA? Our infographic breaks down the top 10 things you need to know.
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Timelines for MACRA
Explained
Read more about the four options for clinicians to “pick their pace” for performance in 2017.
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Start submitting performance data after January 1, 2017 to maximize your incentive dollars. But if your practice doesn’t participate next year, you’ll get hit with serious penalties starting in 2019.

 

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MACRA & MIPS FAQs

What is MACRA?

MACRA stands for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The act was signed into law in early 2015 and makes substantial changes to the government’s health care payment system. The significant portions include permanently repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for determining provider payments and changing the Medicare physician fee schedule by establishing two new options for reimbursement: the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternate Payment Models (APMs).

What is the purpose of MACRA?

MACRA creates a new framework for rewarding providers for better, lower-cost, patient-centered care.

 

CMS continues to promote the shift away from fee-for-service payments to adopting alternative payment models (APMs) to hit industry goals of having 50% of Medicare payments made through APMs, and having 90% of remaining fee-for-service payments tied to quality and value by the end of 2018.

What is the timeline for MACRA?

The first performance year starts January 1, 2017 and will impact payments adjustments in 2019.

What providers are affected by MACRA?

MACRA, and the Quality Payment Programs that come out of it, will impact most providers across the country.