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100+ Medical Organizations Urge Changes to Proposed Rule

Jul 1, 2016 - The AAFP joined more than 100 medical organizations in asking CMS to make changes to the proposed rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160701macrasignon.html

2016 QRURs, PQRS Reports Ready to Review

Sep 26, 2017 - CMS recently released individual physician and group practice reports that can help physicians succeed in the new Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170926pqrsreports.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

AAFP Accepts Challenge, Submits Primary Care-based Payment Proposal

Apr 24, 2017 - The AAFP recently sent a proposal detailing its advanced primary care alternative payment model to the newly formed Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee for review.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170424ptac.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 Continues Rigorous Oversight of New Payment Model Details

Dec 20, 2016 - The AAFP continues to keep a close eye on details associated with new payment models related to CMS' Quality Payment Program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161220macrafinalcomment.html

AAFP Crafts QPP Executive Summary to Inform Family Physicians

Jun 27, 2017 - The AAFP has created a two-page executive summary of CMS' lengthy proposed rule outlining updates to the 2018 Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170627qppsummary.html

AAFP Helps Fine-tune Primary Care Payment Models

Dec 6, 2016 - The AAFP recently responded to a draft white paper on primary care payment models that was released by the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network's Primary Care Payment Model Work Group.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161206pcpmletter.html

AAFP Helps Steer MACRA Implementation Progress

Sep 9, 2016 - CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt recently published a blog in which he outlined just the sort of flexibility the AAFP has called for in implementing the Quality Payment Program.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160909pickyourpace.html

AAFP Insists CMS Ease FPs' Administrative Burden

Jan 17, 2017 - The AAFP recently told CMS its newly created patient relationship categories and codes would spur more administrative work for physicians.

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https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170117relationshipcodes.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

AAFP Joins Push to Include PCMH as Alternative Payment Model

May 3, 2016 - The AAFP recently asked CMS to consider the patient-centered medical home an alternative payment model.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160503pcmhletter1.html

AAFP Leads Effort to Halt Proposed QPP Changes

Aug 25, 2017 - The AAFP and two other organizations have asked CMS to avoid raising the low-volume threshold for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance period.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170825qppthreshold.html

AAFP Presses CMS to Make MACRA Easier on Physicians

Apr 27, 2017 - The AAFP urged CMS to immediately simplify the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by eliminating some implementation components and modifying others.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160427simplifymacra.html

AAFP Tells CMS to Move Slowly on Proposed Episode of Care Groups

May 4, 2017 - The AAFP recently weighed in on effective ways for CMS to develop cost measures that are based on care episode and patient condition groups.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170504careepisode.html

AAFP Urges Changes in 2018 Quality Payment Program Proposal

Aug 28, 2017 - The AAFP responded to CMS' proposed rule intended to update the 2018 Quality Payment Program with a meticulous 95-page comment letter.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170828qppresponse.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

AAFP's Pick Your Pace Week Features Free Webinar, Twitter Chat

Aug 14, 2017 - The AAFP is offering a wide range of activities, including a free webinar and a Twitter chat, to prepare family physicians for the Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170814aciwebinar.html

Academy Presents Advanced APM for Primary Care

Dec 21, 2016 - The AAFP released a position paper that presents an advanced alternative payment model for primary care that puts patients at the center of the health care system.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161221apmpaper.html

Academy President Rolls Out Massive MACRA Communication Effort

May 6, 2016 - The AAFP introduced members to a huge communication and education effort focused on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act at the 2016 Leadership Conference.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160506macraready.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

ACO Participation Prepares FPs for MACRA Implementation

Aug 2, 2016 - Family physicians who have experience with accountable care organizations are well prepared to tackle new payment models on the health care horizon.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20160802macraacos.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

Apply Now for Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception

Aug 9, 2017 - Physicians can now apply for a hardship exception related to their advancing care information performance category score for the 2017 transition year of CMS' Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20170809hardshipexception.html

Arkansas Program Illustrates Promise of Practice Transformation

Dec 12, 2016 - Transforming the way physicians are paid was never billed as an easy task, yet one Medicaid official says that many primary care practices in Arkansas have already completed the difficult steps of changing how they deliver care.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20161212arkansastransform.html

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