What We’re Reading: MACRA Could Be Delayed

Physicians, your feedback about the proposed rule for new value-based payments under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) did not go unnoticed. Andy Slavitt, the Acting Administrator for CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), revealed that the agency is considering delaying the start date for the regulation.

Slavitt noted that lawmakers are particularly concerned with the effect MACRA may have on small and rural practices. Because many of these practices lack the technology, capital or staffing required to comply with MACRA, they could be forced to join larger practices or hospitals.

Read more about the announcement in Modern Healthcare: “Slavitt suggests MACRA could be delayed”.

Looking for More?

For additional information on how MACRA will impact physician practices, see this recent article from Michele Madison, an attorney at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, who specializes in helping clients address healthcare regulatory requirements:

GMGMA May/June 2016 newsletter

To review the responses of well-respected organizations within the healthcare industry, including the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American Academy of Family Physicians, to the proposed rule, click here.

We will continue to update you on the status of MACRA and if its Jan. 1 start date will be postponed. In the meantime, have you been considering alternatives to the proposed regulation?  Share your possible solutions and ideas with us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook. We want to hear from you!

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