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.

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For starters, the act permanently repealed the hopelessly flawed sustainable growth rate formula, preventing a 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement rates.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

01/31/2020 — The reporting period for the 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year is open until March 31, but don't wait -- CMS advises early data submission.

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06/18/2019 — Check out new information available from CMS to help achieve success in the 2019 Quality Payment Program.

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02/04/2019 — The AAFP once again is offering family physicians a valuable resource to help them succeed in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

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01/14/2019 — Eligible clinicians have until April 2 to submit data for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year.

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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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