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Date of Publication July 7, 2017

With just six months left in 2017, it is critically important that physician practices have a plan in place to prepare for the Medicare payment changes that are coming as a result of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the resulting Quality Payment Program (QPP). Your 2017 performance data will impact your Medicare payments beginning in 2019. If you have not already taken action, there is still time to complete the minimum activities necessary to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019.

 As part of our ongoing effort to help practices prepare, IMS has added several new resources to the MACRA/QPP Resource page of the IMS website. These resources were developed by the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI), which traces its origins to the same class action settlements against national for-profit health insurers that resulted in the creation of the Physician Foundation, and is focused on advancing fair and transparent physician payment policies. PAI partnered with the D.C. consulting firm Healthsperien to develop a suite of resources to better help physician practices understand MACRA and QPP.

These new resources include webinars, slide decks, acronym guides, and FAQs on the program. In addition, they include in-depth resources on both the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) pathways under the Quality Payment Program. These resources supplement existing information and tools on the IMS MACRA/QPP Resource page from the AMA, CMS, and others. For more information on MACRA/QPP, please contact Dennis Tibben with the IMS Center for Physician Advocacy.

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