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MACRA News

Apr 28, 2016 - The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is setting up groundbreaking changes to the way physicians are paid by Medicare with a new, two-track system that emphasizes value-based payment models. The AAFP is pulling no punches to make sure family physicians are poised to ...

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready.html

Download AAFP's 2019 MIPS Playbook Today

Feb 4, 2019 - The AAFP once again is offering family physicians a valuable resource to help them succeed in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20190204mipsplaybook.html

Eligible Clinicians: Report 2018 MIPS Data Through April 2

Jan 14, 2019 - Eligible clinicians have until April 2 to submit data for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance year.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20190114mipssubmission.html

Check Now: Your 2018 MIPS Eligibility Status May Have Changed

Dec 5, 2018 - Physicians now can use a CMS tool to check their participation status for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Physicians also may now view their Quality Payment Program performance information before it appears on Physician Compare profile pages.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20181205mipseligibility.html

End of 2018 MIPS Program Performance Year Looms

Nov 5, 2018 - Physicians must have an Enterprise Identity Data Management account user ID and password to submit 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance data to CMS.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/2011081105mipsyearend.html

CMS Extends MIPS Targeted Review Request Deadline to Oct. 15

Sep 26, 2018 - Errors in score calculations prompted CMS to give physicians more time to request a targeted review of their Merit-based Incentive Program System 2017 performance reports.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180926mipsreview.html

Considering a Virtual Group for 2019 MIPS Participation?

Aug 22, 2018 - Register now for an Aug. 27 webinar that details how to participate in CMS' 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System as part of a virtual group.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180822virtualgroups.html

Academy Sends MACRA Concerns, QPP Advice to Congress

Aug 1, 2018 - In a recent letter to Congress, the Academy expressed support for the overall goals of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act while outlining key strategies to improve its Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180801macraltr.html

Review 2017 MIPS Scores, Performance Feedback Reports Now

Jul 11, 2018 - Physicians who participated in the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System have until Sept. 30 to check their performance feedback and final scores, and to request a review if necessary.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180711mipsreview.html

Demo Project Would Waive MIPS Requirements for Some Physicians

Jul 10, 2018 - CMS seeks to hasten the transition to a value-based health care system with implementation of new demonstration project for clinicians who participate in programs similar to Advanced Alternative Payment Models.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180710mipswaiver.html

AAFP Joins Effort to Decrease 2018 MIPS Reporting Period

Apr 24, 2018 - More than 40 medical organizations asked CMS to implement a 90-day quality measure reporting period for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180424mipsreporting.html

CMS Releases Updated 2018 MIPS Eligibility Tool

Apr 11, 2018 - CMS has finally updated an online tool that physicians need so they can check their eligibility for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180411mipstool.html

New Payment Model Deserves Quick Approval, AAFP Tells HHS

Mar 30, 2018 - After being greenlighted by a panel of experts Congress convened last year, testing for a new payment model created by the AAFP and tailored for primary care is only awaiting federal approval, the Academy recently reminded HHS.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180330apmletter.html

Help Identify QPP Reporting Burdens, Get 2018 MIPS Credit

Feb 21, 2018 - Join a study examining the burden of quality measure reporting and qualify for credit in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System improvement activity performance category.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180221burdenstudy.html

Action Alert: Report 2017 MIPS Performance Data by March 31

Feb 16, 2018 - Family physicians who need to submit data for the 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System must do so by March 31 to avoid a 4 percent penalty in 2019.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180216mipsdeadline.html

Value-based Payment Modifier Initiative Winds Down

Jan 23, 2018 - CMS recently released the results of the final year of the Value-based Payment Modifier Program, which show fewer physicians receiving a negative payment adjustment.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180123valuemodifier.html

Free 2018 MIPS Playbook Ready for Download Now

Jan 10, 2018 - Succeed in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System with the AAFP's 2018 MIPS Playbook -- free to AAFP members.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180110mipsplaybook.html

CMS Launches User-friendly QPP Data Submission System

Jan 4, 2018 - It's time for physicians to begin reporting their 2017 Quality Payment Program data, and now they can do so via CMS' new submission system.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180104qppdatasubmit.html

AAFP Calls for Further Changes to QPP Interim Final Rule

Dec 21, 2017 - The AAFP has again provided comments to CMS to ensure that the Quality Payment Program's implementation rules are favorable to family physicians.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171221qppcomment.html

AAFP's Alternative Payment Model Wins Testing Recommendation

Dec 19, 2017 - The AAFP's Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model has potential to improve the health care system and should be rolled out for testing, a committee told HHS.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171219apc-apm.html

Take Action on MIPS by Dec. 31 to Avoid Medicare Penalty

Dec 15, 2017 - Physicians need to collect at least one point of data by Dec. 31 to avoid a Medicare penalty in 2019 related to the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171215mipsdeadline.html

FPM Offers Tutorial on New Quality Payment Program Rules

Dec 13, 2017 - An article in the January/February issue of Family Practice Management lays out six key points to help family physicians succeed in the 2018 Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171213qpptutorial.html

2017 Hurricanes, Wildfires Prompt Changes in MIPS Reporting

Dec 7, 2017 - CMS has announced it will ease the Merit-based Incentive Payment System reporting burden on family physicians affected by certain hurricanes and wildfires in 2017.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171207uncontrollablemips.html

Glean Key Points on 2018 QPP From AAFP Executive Summary

Nov 15, 2017 - The AAFP has crafted a four-page executive summary of CMS' recently released 2018 Quality Payment Program Interim Final Rule that focuses on areas most likely to affect family physicians.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171115qppsummary.html

FPs: Help Frame QPP Cost Measures, Future Payment

Oct 31, 2017 - Family physicians can help determine future Medicare payment by giving CMS feedback on Quality Payment Program episode-based cost measures.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20171031fieldtest.html

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