Sessions To Help with MACRA

Amy Mullins, MD, CPE, FAAFP

Amy Mullins, MD, CPE, FAAFP

If you see Medicare patients, the time to deal with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is here. The AAFP is offering several CME sessions and other learning opportunities at FMX designed to help family physicians better understand and get paid for performance under MACRA.

AAFP Medical Director for Quality Improvement Amy Mullins, MD, CPE, FAAFP, will lead two CME sessions. "MACRA/Quality Payment Program (QPP): Medicare's Shift to Value-based Delivery & Payment Models" takes place Wednesday from 12:30–1:30 p.m. in Room 225AB, Thursday from 7:30–8:30 a.m. in Room 221AB, and Friday from 1:30–2:30 p.m. in Room 221AB. "Your Prescription for MIPS" is offered from 1:45–2:45 p.m. Wednesday in 214AB and 4:45–5:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 225AB.

These sessions will cover valuable information, no matter the attendee's comfort level with how MACRA works.

"If you're looking for an overview of the whole program, both MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payments System) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models, with some specifics—but not an advanced level of detail, then the overview session is for you," Mullins said. "If you're looking to get into the weeds of MIPS and know the details around reporting and scoring, then the ‘Prescription for MIPS' session is what you're looking for."

Mullins also will lead two Ask the Expert sessions based on the MACRA/QPP (Quality Payment Program) session, one on Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in Room 221D immediately following the CME session and the other at 3:30 Friday, also in Room 221D.

This year is the first performance period for the program, and physicians who want to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019 still have time to act. Both of Mullins' sessions will help attendees understand how to report at least some data—reporting at least one quality measure or improvement activity will suffice this year—to avoid a negative adjustment for those who accept Medicare Part B payments.

AAFP has been offering education and advice in the years leading up to MACRA's implementation. Mullins said that the complexities of the program, combined with its newness, have created a knowledge gap among family physicians, which is why FMX offers sessions for the different knowledge levels.

"Even if you have some awareness that this is going on, trying to figure it out is really difficult," Mullins said. "So coming to these sessions will help. We will break it down for you in a way that is easier to understand, in bite-sized pieces that you can take home and implement in your clinic so you can be successful."

Attendees can also visit the Practice Advancement Booth during AAFP Marketplace hours in the Exhibit Hall and get answers to specific questions. Beyond FMX, the Academy offers a special MACRA-dedicated area on its website — The page features the latest information, tutorials, and short videos.