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For starters, the act permanently repealed the hopelessly flawed sustainable growth rate formula, preventing a 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement rates.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

Board Chair Wergin Commends 'Pick Your Pace' Plan

09/09/2016 — CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt recently published a blog in which he outlined just the sort of flexibility the AAFP has called for in implementing the Quality Payment Program.

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08/02/2016 — Family physicians who have experience with accountable care organizations are well prepared to tackle new payment models on the health care horizon.

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FPM Supplement Helps FPs Digest MACRA Implementation Details

Start Today, Prepare for Tomorrow's Payment Models

07/19/2016 — A free five-page supplement to the July/August Family Practice Management aims to help AAFP members prepare for implementation of new Medicare payment models.

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07/13/2016 — The acting administrator of CMS told senators that the agency is open to delaying the planned Jan. 1 launch of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

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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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