The new year has arrived! The first performance year of MACRA officially began January 1, 2017.
In 2016 there was some ongoing discussion about if MACRA would potentially go away. For some people this was reflective of the uncertain political climate, and for others it may have just been wishful thinking. Some assumed or hoped the political climate may affect Medicare’s new value-based reimbursement program.
Andy Slavitt is the CMS Acting Administrator. In a FierceHealthcare article, Slavitt’s explains that MACRA was passed with broad bipartisan support in Congress, which includes a continued strong backing. Slavitt shares that he "gets a lot of questions about what difference a Donald Trump presidency and a Republican-controlled congress will mean for Medicare's new value-based reimbursement program." His response, "there really is no change."
Slavitt’s advice, “plow ahead and don’t use anything that happened in the election as a distraction.”
Terms and abbreviations: CMS Quality Program (QPP), Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)