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Proposed MACRA rule aims to give physicians more flexibility

by: SMCMA AdminJune 24, 2017
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June 20, 2017

Late this afternoon, CMS released a proposed rule for the 2018 Quality Payment Program.  The proposal contains a number of provisions that address concerns raised by the American Medical Association (AMA) and other physician groups and that will help minimize the number of physicians who face penalties under the program.  

For a fact sheet on the proposed rule, please visit: 

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/Proposed-rule-fact-sheet.pdf

The proposed rule (CMS-5522-P) can be downloaded from the Federal Register at: 
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/30/2017-13010/medicare-program-cy-2018-updates-to-the-quality-payment-program

AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D. states, “CMS is proposing a number of policies to help physicians avoid penalties under the Quality Payment Program. In particular, it is suggesting several actions to assist small practices. The Administration showed it heard the concerns raised by the AMA on behalf of practicing physicians. In proposing these rules, the Administration has taken another step to make sure the promise of MACRA – where physicians are rewarded for improvement and for delivering high-quality, high-value care – will be fulfilled."

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