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10 things to know

CMS just released the prosed QPP rule for the 2018 performance year. Here’s how to get prepared.

The MACRA toolkit

A comprehensive guide for your practice

Explore a wide range of articles, infographics, and more to help you navigate the changes to come.

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Your need-to-know overview

Hear the latest information from Washington—and find out how MACRA could affect your Medicare reimbursements.

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How the typical provider comes to grips with MIPS

See how the average clinician can navigate the second year of MIPS.

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4 reporting options for practices

The quality care provisions of MACRA are in full effect—take a deep breath and get ready to dive in.

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Learn about the MACRA ruling, MIPS, alternative payment models, and how you can be rewarded, while avoiding penalties.

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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 healthcare 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 tracks for reimbursement: the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternate Payment Models (APMs).

What is the purpose of MACRA?

CMS’s goal for MACRA is to reward 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 began on 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. Check CMS’s website to see if you must participate:

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