Providers Allowed To Set Own Pace In Complying With New Medicare Payment Model
The decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services comes after months of campaigning from medical groups who have been asking for more flexibility.
CMS Will Give Providers Flexibility On MACRA Requirements
The CMS on Thursday announced it will allow providers to choose the level and pace at which they comply with the new payment reform model aimed at emphasizing quality patient care over volume. The announcement comes after intense pressure from industry stakeholders and policymakers to ease implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which is set to start Jan. 1, 2017. Two months ago, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said the agency was considering delaying the start date. (Dickson, 9/8)
CMS Announces MACRA Flexibility For First Year
CMS announced that it's creating a tiered approach that allows physicians more flexibility in reporting data in the first year of Medicare’s new payment program, which is set to start Jan. 1. The different options — with varying degrees of work and rewards — allows doctors to “pick their pace for how and when to participate,” acting administrator Andy Slavitt told POLITICO. (Pittman, 9/8)