The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is leading to changes in the realm of clinical and operational demands in health care. Read more, below, to learn about balancing reporting requirements while simultaneously ensuring optimum patient care.
Concerns over the cost of health care and apparent lower health outcomes in the United States compared to other developed countries have significantly influenced program development by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). New reimbursement strategies intended to address cost and drive quality—specifically the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)—are placing new clinical and operational demands on the health care industry.
So in the era of MACRA, providers need to balance reporting requirements (which can be time-consuming) while continuing to put patients first. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure patient care is well coordinated.
Moving Forward with MACRA
MACRA made fundamental changes in the way health care providers are paid for Medicare patients. MACRA included the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and moved toward rewarding providers for performance through the Merit-based Incentive Payments System (MIPS) and, ultimately, the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (AAPM).