Home > Tools You Can Use > Topics > MACRA You Can Use:Topics:MACRA<p><a href=""><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></a>The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 is a new law that will gradually change the way physicians are paid under Medicare. It aligns reimbursement more closely to quality, outcomes, and cost.</p><p>2017 is the first reporting year for MACRA.</p><p>Stay up to date on the latest MACRA news below, and <a href="">click here to view the variety of PAMED resources for members</a>.</p> ‘Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced’ Payment Model – Here’s How to Apply <p>CMS is launching a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). The model will qualify as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model under MACRA's Quality Payment Program.<br></p> Data Submission for 2017 Has Begun – Here’s How to Submit Your Data <p>Physicians and other eligible clinicians who are participating in MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) can now submit their 2017 performance year data. Here's what you need to know about the submission process.<br></p> Key Takeaways for Physicians on the MACRA/QPP Final Rule for 2018 <p>On Nov. 2, 2017, CMS issued its final rule for the Quality Payment Program's 2018 performance period. Here are 10 takeaways for physicians.<br></p> Attestation Requirement for MIPS Advancing Care Information Performance Category <p>In October 2017, CMS announced a new attestation requirement for some participants in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). A Prevention of Information Blocking Attestation is required for you to earn a score in the Advancing Care Information performance category of MIPS.</p> Groups Coming to MIPS in 2018 – Here’s How Pennsylvania Physicians Can Participate<p> CMS has clarified the process for forming a virtual group to participate in MIPS during the 2018 performance year.<br></p> Documentation Requirements and How to Prepare in the Event of an Audit<p>​Are you taking part in the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS) this year and wondering what steps are needed to document your participation? Here's what physicians should know about documentation requirements and how to prepare for a potential audit.<br></p> Can MACRA Be Improved in 2018? Here Are PAMED’s Suggestions<p>​In June 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposal for MACRA’s Quality Payment Program in 2018. Here are the comments PAMED submitted to CMS with our suggestions for improving MACRA.<br></p> Accepting Hardship Exception Applications for MACRA’s Quality Payment Program <p>​<span><span>The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is accepting hardship exception applications for the 2017 transition year of MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Here's what you should know about the application process.<br></span></span></p> Unscripted Podcast<p>​<span style="font:14px/22.4px "open sans", "segoe ui", calibri, sans-serif;color:#333333;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;float:none;white-space:normal;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">In these new podcasts, available online or on your smartphone, hear from some of your colleagues on how they manage their time and competing priorities. </span></p> Initiative Offers Quality Payment Program Help for Small Practices<p>​A new initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services offers help and technical assistance to small practices looking to succeed in the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Find out how to participate.<br></p> Data Registry for MIPS Reporting - 5 Things To Consider<p>​Here are five things medical practices should consider when choosing a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) to report their patient data under the Merit-based Incentive Program.</p>Practice Administrators;# Easy Ways to Avoid MACRA Penalty<p>Meeting your MACRA-MIPS reporting requirements is easier than you think, at least in 2017. Physicians and medical practices can do any of these five things in to avoid a penalty: </p>Practice Administrators;# Webinar: Practice Options Initiative (POI) Update<p>PAMED provides a webinar update on what the Practice Options Initiative is doing to support patient care through a statewide MACRA service. </p> Webinar: From Reporting to Payment Adjustment<p>2017 is a big year in health care, as physicians and practices are scrambling to comply with the new MACRA law. One option for participation is the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Jennifer Swinnich, PAMED’s Director of Practice Support, outlines how your MIPS score will be reported. </p>Members Only;# Webinar: Fundamental Basics<p>Jennifer Swinnich, PAMED’s Director of Practice Support, discusses some basic concepts and timelines involving MACRA implementation for 2017. She also answers member questions.</p>Members Only;# MACRA Checklist: Are You Ready for Implementation in 2017?<p>​During the first year of MACRA implementation in 2017, most physicians are expected to participate in MIPS. Check out these steps physicians and practices can take to get ready for MIPS.</p> Your Guide to Common MACRA Terms and AcronymsMACRA-nyms: Your Guide to Common MACRA Terms and Acronyms: A list of acronyms connected to MACRA seems to get longer by the day. PAMED makes it easy to keep track of them all. Will Offer Reporting Flexibility for Physicians and Practices in 2017, CMS Says<p>​Physicians and other clinicians will have multiple options for participation in MACRA's Quality Payment Program in 2017, CMS announced. There will be several reporting options that will enable physicians to avoid negative payment adjustments in 2019.<br></p>

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MACRA Resources You Can Use Specific/MACRA-Support.aspxMACRA ResourcesThe Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 – otherwise known as MACRA – is a complicated but important law for physicians and medical practices. It calls for a shift toward payment for physicians based on the quality of care provided rather than quantity of patients seen. Failing to successfully participate in MACRA in 2017 could cost your medical practice money in 2019. PAMED has the following resources to help members.