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For starters, the act permanently repealed the hopelessly flawed sustainable growth rate formula, preventing a 21 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement rates.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
01/04/2018 — It's time for physicians to begin reporting their 2017 Quality Payment Program data, and now they can do so via CMS' new submission system.
12/21/2017 — The AAFP has again provided comments to CMS to ensure that the Quality Payment Program's implementation rules are favorable to family physicians.
12/19/2017 — The AAFP's Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model has potential to improve the health care system and should be rolled out for testing, a committee told HHS.
12/15/2017 — Physicians need to collect at least one point of data by Dec. 31 to avoid a Medicare penalty in 2019 related to the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
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- 10/31/2017 — FPs: Help Frame QPP Cost Measures, Future Payment
- 10/17/2017 — Now Open: Virtual Group Election for MIPS Participation
- 10/16/2017 — CMS Unveils Interactive Advanced APM 'Look-up' Tool
- 10/09/2017 — Medical Groups Push Congress for Continued QPP Flexibility
- 10/05/2017 — Free CMS Webcast Drills Down Into QRUR Use
- 09/26/2017 — 2016 QRURs, PQRS Reports Ready to Review
- 09/08/2017 — Free AAFP Webinar Prepares FPs for Quality Payment Program