MACRA: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that was signed into law in April 2015 is setting up groundbreaking changes to the way physicians are paid by Medicare.

For starters, the act permanently repealed the hopelessly flawed sustainable growth rate formula, preventing a 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement rates. But it also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for two years and sets up a new, two-track Medicare physician payment system that emphasizes value-based payment models.

The AAFP is pulling no punches to make sure family physicians are poised to make the most of this new era of value-based payment -- working in Washington to show legislators and regulators how the law can best support primary care, while at the same time showing individual family physicians the concrete steps they can take to succeed in MACRA's new payment and quality reporting framework.

Keep an eye on AAFP News for timely updates about how the AAFP is flexing its muscles to shape MACRA into a tool that properly compensates family physicians for what they do better than anyone else -- provide high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate care for their patients.

Recent MACRA Ready News

06/21/2017 — CMS has released for public inspection a proposed rule that would make multiple changes in the Quality Payment Program for 2018.

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06/15/2017 — CMS will pay $150-$200 for feedback from selected family physicians and others in small or medium-sized practices who use the agency's Quality Payment Program website.

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Take Advantage of Free Technical Assistance for QPP

06/13/2017 — Family physicians who are finding their way through Medicare's Quality Payment Program have several options for free technical support to help them succeed.

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05/08/2017 — Throughout May, Medicare administrative contractors will mail eligible clinicians letters regarding their status in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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Be MACRA Ready

Find the tools you need to make the most of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act on the AAFP's dedicated resource page.

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