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CMS Updates

Weekly CMS updates and highlights with the corresponding resource links.
CMS Releases MACRA Proposed Rules
On April 27, CMS released a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Supported by a bipartisan majority and stakeholders, such as patient and medical associations, the MACRA legislation ended more than a decade of last-minute fixes and potential payment cliffs for Medicare doctors and clinicians. It also made numerous improvements to America’s health care system.

The MACRA makes three important changes to how Medicare pays those who give care to Medicare beneficiaries. These changes create a Quality Payment Program (QPP):

  • Ending the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for determining Medicare payments for health care providers’ services.
  • Making a new framework for rewarding health care providers for giving better care not more just more care.
  • Combining our existing quality reporting programs into one new system.

Proposed MACRA Requirements
1. The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
2. Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs)


For More Information

For more information on the MACRA proposed rule, please review the press release.

Quality Payment (MACRA) Fact Sheet

Upcoming Events
GA-HITEC Webinar:
How to Use the New CDC Guidelines on Opioids For Treatment 

This webinar will examine the new guidelines released by the CDC for prescribing opioids to patients. Our speakers will explore the benefits and challenges posed by these new guidelines and the impact it can have on the delivery of care...  
May 12, 2016, 2:00PM EST - 3:00PM EST [REGISTER NOW]

Web Event:
Pharmacists in the Patient Centered Medical Home Model

This highly interactive web event will provide and overview of the integration of pharmacists in the medical home model.  We will explore successful strategies of care coordination and medication therapy management.  Additionally, this peer-mediated discussion will analyze the advantages of having a clinical pharmacist involved in team-based care and patient engagement.
May 9, 2016, 1:00PM EST - 1:30PM EST [Register NOW]

GCT2 Webinar:
Incorporating Behavioral Health Into the Primary Care Practice 

Please join us for a monthly series of 30-minute webinars focused on quality improvement in your practice. These webinars collaborate on practice quality improvement, facilitating efforts around cardiac care, diabetes management, and Meaningful Use. These educational sessions offer a streamlined, comprehensive approach to services that are desirable and accessible to clinicians
May 25, 2016 12:30PM EST - 1:00PM EST [Register NOW]

Reports and Resources

Review and Dispute for Physicians and Teaching Hospitals: Why is it Important to Review Open Payments Data?
Reviewing the data reported about you means you can see the payments drug or device companies say they made to you. If the data is wrong, you can dispute it and give drug or device companies the chance to fix the data before the public can see it. Read More

Transforming Clinical Practice Intiative (TCPI) 

Dr. Tom Evans, examined the Transformation Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), which is designed to support primary and specialty care clinicians seeking to identify sustainable practice intended to:
• Improve health outcomes for patients;
• Improve care coordination through connectivity;
• Better engage patients and families in their care;
• Improve patient, clinicians and staff satisfaction; and
• Reduce the overall cost of care.
Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative
Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative
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