What Will Prevent ACOs from Failing?

By URAC Staff on Nov 8, 2016 11:55:34 AM

If physicians don’t understand MACRA – or think they don’t need to understand MACRA – how will ACOs get physician practices to align with the requirements of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model?

The transition from traditional fee-for-service to value-based payment models, and the focus on patient-centered medical care and population health, has driven the proliferation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
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Final MACRA Rule: Five Highlights You Need to Know

By URAC Staff on Oct 31, 2016 2:00:00 PM

With the final MACRA rule released on Oct. 14, the industry is now getting the chance to dig into all of the details of this 2,300-page document, especially the act’s Quality Payment Program, which replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate formula with two tracks of reimbursement—the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) or Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

“Folks are now in the process of getting their heads around what’s in the final rule and determining what they have to do to respond in 2017,” said Aaron Turner-Phifer, URAC’s director of government relations and policy. “The most important thing right now is for practices and clinicians to be engaging with their medical societies and educating themselves on the best path forward.”

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Video: Are You Ready for MACRA?  Discover How to Achieve Sustainable Transformation

By URAC Staff on Oct 27, 2016 3:53:05 PM

Watch this video for quick overview about MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), and what you need to do to succeed in the new healthcare economy.

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The Four Pillars of Clinical Integration

By URAC Staff on Oct 19, 2016 11:42:46 AM

The road to accountable care and value-based payment is a long one, chock full of obstacles along the way. But there are key checkpoints on the journey.

URAC’s Clinical Integration Accreditation standards address how to best position your organization to achieve success in a value-based economy, including governance, alignment, care coordination, and integrated infrastructure. Here are the top four things you need to know for clinical integration success:

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MACRA Impact on Medicare Patients and Clinical Professionals: What You Really Need to Know

By Bonnie Zickgraf and Aaron Turner-Phifer on Oct 12, 2016 1:38:48 PM

There is sweeping new federal regulation that will impact the future role of managed care nurses and physicians in the most challenging of ways. This new law is referred to as “MACRA.”

MACRA will overwhelmingly affect pre-authorizations, clinical coding review, claim reimbursements, policy development, performance measures and coordination of care, defining new roles for Medicare providers and managed care professionals in the United States.

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CMS Head Sees “Proliferation of Opportunities” for Post-MACRA Providers

By URAC Staff on Oct 7, 2016 1:27:12 PM

Commenting on the imminent release of a final rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt anticipated this new healthcare policy will give providers a “proliferation of opportunities.”

The final MACRA rule is expected to be released by CMS on or about November 1. It will implement the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that will replace the Sustainable Growth Rate governing Medicare reimbursements for providers treating Medicare beneficiaries. The QPP promotes value-based, coordinated care over the traditional fee-for-service method. It requires that participating practices cite progress through measures of performance.

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