Don't Miss AAFP's Quality Payment Program Insert

Four-page Pullout Published in July 15 American Family Physician

July 25, 2017 03:18 pm News Staff

Time is ticking away as opportunities and deadlines associated with implementation of CMS' Quality Payment Program (QPP) approach.  

[Clockface atop calendar sheets ticking toward 12:00]

To ensure that family physicians have the knowledge they need to confidently participate in QPP, the AAFP included an insert -- a four-page color pullout section -- in the July 15 issue of American Family Physician (AFP).

Physicians will recall that QPP was created after passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). This handy resource will serve as a reminder to family physicians to stay on top of their QPP preparations.

The first graphic to meet the eye on the inside pages is a timeline that highlights some important dates that range from April 16, 2015, the day MACRA was signed into law, to Jan. 1, 2019, when payment adjustments associated with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will begin.

The resource directs family physicians to the AAFP's online tools, including access to

  • a popular FAQ;
  • MACRA on-demand modules that provide members with an introduction to MACRA, MIPS and advanced alternative payment models;
  • a list of "MACRAnyms" that sort out a confusing assortment of phrases; and
  • thorough explanations of the MIPS payment track, accountable care organizations and more.

The insert also details other AAFP offerings that are new or will soon be on the way.

For instance, some family physicians may not realize that CME credits now are available just for learning about MACRA.

And live educational opportunities are just around the corner.

At leave five dedicated MACRA sessions have been scheduled at the Family Medicine Experience that will be held this year in San Antonio, Sept. 12-16.

Also, family physicians should consider registering for the three-hour Making Sense of MACRA conference that will be offered from 1-4 p.m. MST on Oct. 26 and again on Oct. 27 in Phoenix. (Family physicians who will already be in Phoenix for the Academy's Adult Medicine live course, Oct. 25-28, or for one of the Knowledge Self-Assessment Working Group meetings -- Oct. 28 [Cerebrovascular Disease] or Oct. 29 [Care of the Vulnerable Elderly] -- might just want to consider finding time to take in a little extra MACRA CME.)

But back to the AFP insert.

Flip to the back cover, and you'll see a reminder of ways to maximize your payment right now by providing

  • annual wellness visits,
  • chronic care management,
  • transitional care management and
  • advance care planning to Medicare patients.

So stop right now and find the print version of the latest issue of AFP. The journal is mailed to all AAFP members at no charge unless they have opted to receive the digital version instead.

Now, leaf through to the middle of the issue. Locate the QPP special insert, pull it out, and give it a once-over. Then post it in the office as a reminder of deadlines and work yet to be done on your road to value-based payment.

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MACRA: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act