MACRA (Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act)

(Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act)

In October, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for MACRA, altering how Medicare reimburses clinicians and their practices. It emphasizes quality, value, and clinicians taking more financial risk.

TSI Healthcare® is here to help you navigate through the murky waters of federal regulations.

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What’s The Big Idea?

With a stronger emphasis on quality, value, and bigger financial risk, there are three key areas MACRA seeks to address.


Repeals SGR

Sustainable Growth Rate


Shifts from Volume to Quality

Shift from fee-for-service
to pay-for-quality


Extends CHIP

Children’s Health
Insurance Program

Quality Payment Program

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program will allow providers to select between two quality payment program.



Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

  • Combines Meaningful Use, PQRS/CQMs & VBM
  • Measures Providers On:
    • Quality
    • Advancing Care Information (Use of EHR)
    • NEW Improvement Activities
    • Cost (coming in 2018)
  • Financial Implications
    • Can Receive Negative or Positive Payment Adjustments Based On MIPS Score
    • Can Earn Up to 22% Bonus (for exceptional performers) Or 4% Max Penalty

Advanced Alternative Payment Models

  • Must Require Certified EHR Use
  • Must Base Payment On Quality Measures Comparable To MIPS Quality Category
  • Must Bear Financial Risk
  • Financial Implications:
    • Must Bear Financial Risk
    • Can Earn 5% Bonus


MIPS will begin in 2017 as its first performance year with payment adjustments beginning in 2019.

MIPS Program Overview

MIPS combines MU, PQRS, and VBM to measure clinicians in four different categories. The new quality program structure increases emphasis on PQRS while decreasing it on Meaningful Use.

MACRA Pie Chart


Quality = 2017 – 60%,
2018 – 50%

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MACRA Screen

Advancing Care
Information = 25%

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MACRA Clipboard

Activities = 15%

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MACRA Money SIgn

Cost = 2017 – 0%,
2018 – 10%

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More Exciting News

MACRA proposes more exciting reporting and data submission options.

Group Reporting


Increased Flexibility With Pick Your Pace


No Longer All or Nothing


Webinar: MACRA 101 

With multiple new additions for reporting categories and options to participate in either MIPS or Advanced APMs, practices are encouraged to watch this webinar to learn more about the new payment structure.

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