The passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) brings new reimbursement models for Medicare payments. These learning modules will help create a solid foundation of MACRA, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs), ACOs and other concepts, important for building sustainable healthcare operations in the future. It is important for providers to understand MACRA and where their practices fall into the new reimbursement structure. Especially since the performance period for 2019 payments begins January 1, 2017.
Providers will need to understand MACRA and whether they are under MIPS or APMs and how MIPS and APMs are different. Practice patterns and business operations will need to be modified to be successful in 2019 and beyond. Providers with a thorough knowledge of MACRA will be able to perform more effectively in their practices when reimbursement changes occur in 2019. The following modules will give providers insight into which path to take regarding, MIPS, APMs and ACOs.
This activity is intended for primary care providers and practice managers.
At the end of this activity, the learner should be better able to:
- Identify how we, as a medical community, arrived at the MACRA legislation
- Define why they should care about MACRA, MIPS, and APMs
- List the four components that make up MIPS
- State the programs that are considered to be APMs
- Identify the importance of enacting change today
- State the ways in which an ACO will prepare one for both MIPS and APMs
Term of Approval
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Expiration Date: December 31, 2017
John Findley, MD — Chief Medical Officer, Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center
Michael Hein, MD, MS, MHCM, FACP — President and CEO, ENHANCE Health Network
Michael Romano, MD, MHA — Chief Medical Officer, Nebraska Health Network
The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All six modules must be completed to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. No partial credit will be awarded.
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The following indicates the disclosure declaration information and the nature of those commercial relationships.
- Michael Hein, MD, MS, MHCM, FACP — no conflict of interest or commercial interests.
- Michael Ramano, MD, MHA — Stockholder: Johnson & Johnson; Pfizer; and HCP, Inc.
- John Findley, MD — no conflict of interest or commercial interests.
The members of the planning committee do not have any financial conflicts or relationships to disclose.
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