Medicare's MACRA & Why It Matters

MACRA is the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. 

It’s a game-changing law for any organization receiving Medicare physician payments. 

In 2015, MACRA replaced the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which proved to be a flawed way for the government to reimburse physicians for providing care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

MACRA is here, it’s moving fast, & we don’t want you to be left behind. 

A few MACRA facts you need to know:

  • MACRA rewards providers for the value of their care, not the volume. 
  • Organizations with PCMH Recognition have a significant advantage in maximizing MACRA payments. 
  • MACRA is a phased implementation between 2015 and 2025, when it will be completely phased in. The time to start is now.
  • There are two ways to be paid: 
    Alternative Payment Models (APM)
    Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS)
  • MACRA has the potential to help & impact practices of all sizes. 
    Practices with fewer than 15 eligible professionals will be qualified to receive a portion of $100 million from the department of Health & Human Services (HHS). 
    Priority areas include rural, underserved, low composite score practices, & health professional shortage areas.
  • Currently, there are different types of Medicare quality reporting systems. MACRA streamlines these systems into one central system for quality reporting.

Want to know about MACRA, APM & MIPS? 

Stay tuned for upcoming blogs from Clarify on APM & MIPS payment systems, how they compare, & how your organization can best prepare for MACRA. 

You can find out more about MACRA here.

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Sources: NCQA, HealthAffairs, AAFP,