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Request for Information Issued for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today a Request for Information (RFI) for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). There will be a 30-day opportunity for responses.

This RFI seeks public comment on Section 101 of MACRA, which is subject to notice and comment rulemaking. Section 101 repeals the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) methodology for updates to the physician fee schedule (PFS) and implements scheduled PFS updates, including a higher update rate for "qualifying participants in Alternative Payment Models (APMs)" beginning in 2026.

Section 101 also adds the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for eligible professionals (EPs), sunsets payment adjustments under the current Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM), and the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program, often referred to as the Meaningful Use (MU) program, and consolidates aspects of those programs into the new MIPS.

In addition, Section 101 of the MACRA promotes the development of APMs by providing incentive payments for certain EPs who participate in APMs and by encouraging the creation of additional Physician-Focused Payment Models (PFPMs).

  • The Request for Information and instructions about how to respond are available here.
  • For an informative and pertinent discussion on the Path to Value in health care, see MACRA: New Opportunities for Medicare Providers Through Innovative Payment Systems by Patrick Conway (and others) in Health Affairs.
  • The complete Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 can be viewed here.

Visit the CMS website for more information.

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