(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.
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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.
Sustainable Growth Rate
Shifts from Volume to Quality
Shift from fee-for-service
- Combines Meaningful Use, PQRS/CQMs & VBM
- Measures Providers On:
- 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
- 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.
More Exciting News
MACRA proposes more exciting reporting and data submission options.
"The biggest challenge that we faced before starting with TSI Healthcare was meeting Meaningful Use. I was a bit concerned about our practice because we had missed one year of Meaningful Use money already. It was one of the driving factors for selecting them as a vendor, and they have helped us achieve that."Robert Collins, Director of OperationsBoston Laser Eye Institute, P.C.
"TSI Healthcare’s rheumatology specific EHR is very manageable to use, and their reporting system is very flexible. We are on track for meaningful use, and it has allowed us to enjoy a significant increase in revenue. This has let us add to staff and incorporate an ultrasound machine.”Dr. Kevin HicksCollaborative Arthritis Care, Inc.
"I just want to tell you how much I greatly appreciate the continued support from the TSI Healthcare team. All that is being required by CMS is a huge undertaking, and I know we could not accomplish these tasks without the assistance from your company. Thank you."Donna Baker, Office ManagerAtlantic Pulmonary Associates
"TSI Healthcare has introduced a little bit more ease of use as far as EHR goes, and Meaningful Use especially. They've done a really good job of helping us meet our Meaningful Use goals and getting paid for Meaningful Use."Robert Collins, Director of OperationsBoston Laser Eye Institute, P.C.