3 Steps to get ready for MACRA

Many practices are not sure how best to approach and prepare for compliance with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) payment reforms. Here are some short-term changes practices can implement to prepare.

Start small with a focus on quality

Due to the size and scope of MACRA, it’s wise for practices to start small with a targeted strategy when approaching compliance. Since quality accounts for 50% of the total Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) score in the first year—and most commercial payers are also moving towards linking fee-for-service payments to quality measures—this is a good area on which to focus initially. 

To comply with the regulation’s quality requirements, providers will need to report six measures from a list of nearly 300. Scores will be linked to performance on these measures (in the style of the Value-based Modifier), rather than the simple reporting of measures (as in the Physician Quality Reporting System).

By Chris Emper

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