MACRA: A Stepping-Stone for Broader Changes

Posted by Christina Corridon on Dec 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Howard Deutsch co-wrote this blog post with Christina Corridon.

In its current form, the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 directly impacts the reimbursement rates and methodology of the physician fee schedule under Medicare Part B. However, MACRA is unlikely to have a significant impact on physician behavior or drug choice. Nonetheless, MACRA is part of a larger transition of payment based on volume to payment based on value (quality and cost reduction). Physicians will be penalized for continuing with “business as usual,” and newfound attention to tracking and reporting outcomes will be rewarded.

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