MACRA News and Updates
UNDERSTAND the Quality Payment Program
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) introduces a new Medicare physician payment system called the Quality Payment Program. Learn more.
The Quality Payment Program is comprised of two tracks in which clinicians will participate in order to receive Medicare payment:
1. Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
2. Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs)
Payment Adjustment Timeline
Beginning July 1, 2015, clinicians began receiving a 0.5 percent annual payment increase to Medicare payments. This payment increase will continue annually until Dec. 31, 2018. Starting in 2019, clinicians will receive payments based on their participating in one of two pathways: MIPS or an Advanced APM.
PREPARE For Quality Payment Program Implementation
Step 1: Determine Your Track (MIPS or Advanced APM)
Step 2: Explore Track Requirements:
Step 3: Review Program Key Dates:
Get-up-to speed on key dates for years 1 and 2 of the Quality Payment Program and the last year of current Medicare quality reporting programs.
Step 4: Pick Your Pace
Clinicians have four options for participating in the Quality Payment Program in 2017, a transition year:
1. Test the Quality Payment Program
2. Participate for part of the calendar year
3. Participate for the full calendar year
4. Participate in an Advanced Alternative Payment model
EXPLORE Quality Payment Program Resources
Cardiovascular Quality Measures
Numerous ACC/American Heart Association measures are approved for Quality reporting under MIPS.
• Review a list of cardiovascular quality measures
Cardiovascular Data Registries
ACC’s PINNACLE Registry can help you fulfill MIPS requirements for Quality, Improvement Activities and Advancing Care Information.
MOC IV and Quality Improvement Resources
Education and Meetings