AAFP Applauds CMS Options for Physician Participation in MACRA

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Statement attributable to:
Robert Wergin, MD
Chair, AAFP Board of Directors

Family physicians welcome the news that CMS will allow physicians to choose the pace at which they will move toward fully participating in the MACRA Quality Payment Program. In our response to the proposed rules to implement MACRA, the American Academy of Family Physicians outlined a series of steps – including delay or flexibility in launching the performance year – that CMS could take to ensure the success of the payment reforms.

Our recommendations were particularly important for physicians in solo and small practices. The options outlined by CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt ensure that all physicians who participate in the program are not penalized in the first year.

We’re pleased that CMS concurred with our recommendations for maximizing family physicians’ opportunities for successful participation in the program.

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Wergin, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 6252, or lchampli@aafp.org.





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