On April 14, 2015, President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). This bipartisan legislation repeals the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Formula and creates a new reimbursement structure for healthcare providers by establishing two payment tracks, rewarding clinicians for value over volume and streamlines other existing quality reporting programs into one new system: Merit-Based Incentive Payments System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on the implementation of MACRA
As a member of the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, ASE submitted testimony to ensure echo’s voice was heard.
CMS Rule on MACRA
On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a highly-anticipated proposed rule outlining how the agency envisions implementing the Medicare physician payment reforms enacted as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). On October 14th CMA published the finalized rule on the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). ASE advocacy staff are closely reviewing this proposed rule and will bring additional information to members in the coming weeks. To access the press release, fact sheet and additional material for the final rule please visit here.
CMS has launched a new Quality Payment Program Education & Tools Resource Library website, and has a Quality Payment Program Website, intended to explain the new program and help clinicians easily identify the measures most meaningful to their practice or specialty.
From SGR to MACRA to MIPS: What You Should Know***
Echo October 2016: Geoffrey A. Rose, MD, FACC, FASE, Chief of Cardiology, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina
Recording of HC13 Presentation
CMS Recorded Webinars: