Are Physicians Prepared to Report Under MACRA?

By 02/20/2017 October 2nd, 2017 Blog, News

The Medicare Access & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is about healthcare performance.  As medicine advances toward emphasis on quality, physician payments are becoming more tied to quality of care, and MACRA improves how Medicare payments relate to quality or value.  By 2018, 90% of payments will be linked to quality. For the consumer, this means better quality healthcare practices and safer medicine.  For physician providers, it grants payment incentives for participation in the quality care models, and bonus payments for those participating in advanced alternative payment models (APMs).  The new quality payment requirements accomplish three program goals – better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. Physicians must prepare for quality changes, including spending more time with patients, as part of participation.

There are multiple individual quality and value programs for Medicare physicians. Deciding how and what to participate in can be confusing. MACRA is intended to streamline the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Value-Based Payment Modifier under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Essentially, there are three factors used to provide a MIPS composite performance score – quality resource use, clinical practice improvement activities, and meaningful use of EHR technology.  Understanding MIPS composite performance will help independently practicing physicians (and physician groups) improve payments.  

Alternative Payment Models (APMs) are exciting, as this new approach for paying for medical care through Medicare is a win for both the patient and the provider.  According to the MACRA law, APMs include the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is the federally-required Health Care Quality Demonstration.

XDRA is poised to bring this additional value to your practice and reduce overwhelming confusion and burden.  Our experts consult with providers and advise on how to incorporate applicable MACRA components for your practice.  We help physicians enhance their practices to ensure financial success for these quality steps.

Across the overarching MACRA incentive measurement categories our experts provide process and technical solutions for providers to –

  • Avoid quality payment penalties and payment reductions
  • Ensure performance reporting periods are met
  • Establish most relevant measurement reporting
  • Establish threshold monitoring and management (including coordination across categories)
  • Implement risk management