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MACRA Resources

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) not only repealed Medicare’s flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, but it also realigns many Medicare program requirements. Passed by Congress with strong bipartisan support, the law requires physicians to choose between two main pathways for payment beginning in 2019.

  • Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—a modified fee-for-service model intended to streamline and harmonize the current value incentives such as Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Value Modifier (VM). Learn more.
  • Alternative Payment Models (APM)—Physicians participating in payment models specifically approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), such as accountable care organizations and medical homes, can receive an annual bonus payment. Learn more.

Click on the links below to access information and resources to help you and your health care team prepare for the MACRA transition.

MACRA Basics

  • H.R.2 – Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015: Read the bill here.
  • SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act: A section-by-section summary of the policy provisions and payfors included in the bill. Click here.
  • Society Webinar: MACRA: Medicare’s New Payment Model Impacts All Physicians (Available on demand, recorded August 18, 2016)

From the American Medical Association

From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

From the Texas Medical Association

Comments on Proposed MACRA Final Rule

From Medigram