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Delivering MACRA Care Under the Final Rule- Implementation Considerations and Implications
Delivering MACRA Care Under the Final Rule- Implementation Considerations and Implications
On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the final rule implementing Medicare physician payment reforms included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”). MACRA repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate methodology for updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (“MPFS”) and replaces it with a new approach to payment called the Quality Payment Program available for eligible providers under the MPFS through two avenues: Advanced Alternative Payment Models (“Advanced APMs”) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (“MIPS”). Under the final rule, various changes including some simplification and streamlining of certain processes were made to the proposed rule that had been released in April, based in part on over 4,000 comments received and feedback from a number of the 100,000-plus physicians and other stakeholders attending CMS outreach sessions.

Now that the final rule is published, stakeholders should finalize positioning themselves for the MACRA transition period and beyond. During this session, an overview will be presented of the provisions and changes involved with the final rule, including discussion of the implications of the transition period and revisions intended to streamline and simplify processes. Implementation timelines will be discussed, and how changes in the final rule impact the timeline. Implications of the MIPS scoring system will be addressed, including how to better understand the composite scoring mechanism, and how performance is defined under each of the four performance categories under MIPS. The presentation also will address additional details of the final rule provisions, along with implications and considerations for ongoing preparation and implementation steps.

Please join us Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 1 PM Eastern as Epstein Becker Green's Mark Lutes and Lesley Yeung and EBG Advisors' Bob Atlas cover a range of MACRA issues and considerations under the final rule. Click here for detailed information and to register or call 209.577.4888.
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