Navigating the MACRA Manifesto
by iHealth Innovations
MACRA seeks to tie 80% of reimbursement to quality by 2017 and 90% by 2018. MACRA encourages quality-based healthcare in four key ways. Under MACRA, fee schedules will increase by 0.5% each year from 2016 through 2019. Starting in 2019, CMS expects all Medicare reimbursement will be tied to quality payment programs. The objective of MACRA was to remove the dreaded “all or nothing approach” in the transition to value-based reimbursement. Clinicians receive greater flexibility in managing their payments and incentives than ever before under the legislation’s options to avoid penalties and receive partial credits.