Healthcare Organizations File Comments on MACRA

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The deadline to submit comments on the sweeping payment and delivery changes proposed by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was June 27. Most major health organization have made their voices heard. (Healthcare IT News)

As for the reporting mechanisms themselves, groups generally decried the bars set by both the Merit-Based Incentive System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APM) as being unrealistically and unnecessarily high. (HealthLeaders Media News)

Medical societies are asking the federal government to delay the kickoff of its new Medicare payment system by 6 months to a year to give physicians more time to master the rules of the game. (Medscape Medical News)

Most comments filed by organizations favored the notion of building a new reimbursement system based on quality, not the quantity of services. However, many responses to the proposed rules cited concerns regarding the complexity of the program, the short timeframe for implementing it and the potential effects on small and rural providers. (HealthData Management)

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