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For starters, the act permanently repealed the hopelessly flawed sustainable growth rate formula, preventing a 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement rates.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

AAFP Urges Changes in 2018 Quality Payment Program Proposal

MIPS Performance Period, Measures, Cost Weighting Among Top Concerns

08/28/2017 — The AAFP responded to CMS' proposed rule intended to update the 2018 Quality Payment Program with a meticulous 95-page comment letter.

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AAFP Leads Effort to Halt Proposed QPP Changes

Move to Increase Low-volume Threshold for MIPS Draws Ire

08/25/2017 — The AAFP and two other organizations have asked CMS to avoid raising the low-volume threshold for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period.

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Free Resource for Family Physicians

Dive into AAFP's 2017 MIPS Playbook, Earn Free CME

08/23/2017 — A free member resource guides family physicians through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and is approved for up to 5.0 AAFP Prescribed credits.

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08/15/2017 — Subscribing to CMS' Quality Payment Program listserv is a great way for family physicians to stay up-to-date on information that will affect their Medicare payment.

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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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