CMS Finalizes MACRA Quality Program Rule; Participation in a Patient Safety Organization Counts
October 21, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
The final rule of the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program will be flexible, simple, and supportive of small practices, according to an October 14, 2016, press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). MACRA will replace the sustainable growth rate model, which CMS called "flawed," and "will equip clinicians with the tools and flexibility to provide high-quality, patient-centered care." Clinicians will have two paths to transition from fee-for-service healthcare to models that reward quality over quantity. The first path "gives clinicians the opportunity to be paid more for better care and investments that support patients," by "reducing existing requirements, while still emphasizing and rewarding quality of care."