According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) changed how Medicare health care providers will be paid in several important ways.

MACRA 1) eliminated the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and 2) created a new framework to “reward health care providers for giving better and not just more care” and 3) combined the existing quality reporting programs (EHR, PQRS) into one new system.

According to CMS, this new “Quality Payment Program (QPP)” will replace “a patchwork system of Medicare reporting programs with a flexible system that allows you to choose from two paths that link quality to payments: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models.”

MAG developed this web page to provide physicians and their practice staff with information that addresses the new QPP program and related issues so they can make the best possible practice management decisions.

PAI unveils MACRA QPP resource center 

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently unveiled a ‘MACRA QPP Physician Education Initiative’ – a “new, PAI website-based resource center [that is] live and available to medical associations and physicians across the nation.”  

PAI says the resources include… 

– 24 stand-alone issue briefs that provide a “comprehensive, detailed understanding of the program, including MIPS/APM tracks, reporting mechanisms and much more”

– A ‘10-Step Guide’ to “navigating the QPP for physicians”

– A searchable, online FAQ resource 

– “Five taped webinars and accompanying slide decks that allow physicians to learn more about specific aspects of the program”

PAI’s mission is to “advance fair and transparent payment policies and contractual practices by payers and others in order to sustain the profession of medicine for the benefit of patients.” 

Medical Association of Georgia Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. serves on PAI’s Board of Directors. 

PAI’s ‘MACRA QPP Resource Center’

PAI’s website