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For starters, the act permanently repealed the hopelessly flawed sustainable growth rate formula, preventing a 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement rates.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

Considering a Virtual Group for 2019 MIPS Participation?

Webinar, New Resources Will Inform Physicians

08/22/2018 — Register now for an Aug. 27 webinar that details how to participate in CMS' 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System as part of a virtual group.

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Academy Sends MACRA Concerns, QPP Advice to Congress

Among Suggestions: Decrease Complexity of MIPS Scoring

08/01/2018 — In a recent letter to Congress, the Academy expressed support for the overall goals of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act while outlining key strategies to improve its Quality Payment Program.

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Review 2017 MIPS Scores, Performance Feedback Reports Now

Find Errors? Request a Targeted Review by Sept. 30

07/11/2018 — Physicians who participated in the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System have until Sept. 30 to check their performance feedback and final scores, and to request a review if necessary.

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Demo Project Would Waive MIPS Requirements for Some Physicians

CMS Looks to Accelerate Move to Value-based System

07/10/2018 — CMS seeks to hasten the transition to a value-based health care system with implementation of new demonstration project for clinicians who participate in programs similar to Advanced Alternative Payment Models.

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Be MACRA Ready

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