Physician Practice

Three ways to prep physicians for MACRA’s unknowns

Physician Practice Insider, May 17, 2016

With a complete roadmap unavailable, and rank-and-file physicians not really paying attention, the next-best guides for physician practice leaders include existing programs such as PQRS, the value-based modifier, and meaningful use.

The future of physicians isn't much clearer than it was before CMS released proposed rules for the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (MACRA) April 25.

Despite medical groups' pleas to delay the January 1, 2017, start date of the first reporting period under MACRA's Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS), CMS has so far stuck to its guns, leaving medical groups just a month or so after the release of its final rule—expected in late fall of 2016—to prepare.

Physicians will need to digest the regulatory information, figure out their quality measures, and get their systems ready to report data that won't result in a penalty or reward until 2019.

This article originally appeared on HealthLeaders Media. Read the full article here.

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