Dr. McAneny was one of four physicians who spoke at a hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health. Together, they highlighted the three necessary steps to ensure MACRA’s successful implementation:
Starting this May, the following self-paced courses will be open for registration:
What providers need to know:
The deadlines for submitting applications for hardship exceptions are:
Webinars will be conducted via WebEx at the following times:
In addition to accountable care organizations, medical homes and bundled payments for hospital-based episodes, MACRA also provides for the development of “physician-focused” APMs. The American Medical Association (AMA) worked with Harold Miller at the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform to develop a “Guide to Physician-Focused Alternative Payment Models,” which describes seven different APMs that can help physicians in every specialty redesign the way they deliver care in order to improve patient care, manage health care spending and qualify for APM annual bonus payments. The seven APMs include:
The seven APMs described in the guide have been designed to be able to meet the MACRA eligibility criteria for APMs; however, this will require validation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the future rulemaking process. Under each APM, physicians would take accountability for specific aspects of spending and quality they can control or influence. Physicians will be required to accept some downside financial risk. However, unlike many APMs that have been implemented to date, the physician-focused APMs would not place physicians at financial risk for costs they cannot control.