FREE Webinar:  Getting Ready for MIPS: Key Info for Clinicians

Date: August 16, 2016 - Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

"Getting Ready for MIPS:  Key Info for Clinicians"

Implementation of Medicare's new Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA may seem far away, but the time to prepare is now. Most Maine providers paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule will be required to participate in the QPP's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) with an initial performance period that begins in January, 2017 - just a few short months away!

This webinar will provide an overview of how the QPP is likely to roll out in Maine, based on current information, and suggest steps to take both now and in the near future to position your practice for success under MIPS.

Passed in April 2015 as an alternative to the unpopular "Sustainable Growth Formula", MACRA (Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act) is one of the most significant pieces of health care-related federal legislation in over a decade and holds enormous potential for transforming Medicare payment and health care delivery. 

Registration is free, thanks to the generous support of Maine Quality Counts Members and Donors.


Read how AAFP Urges Improvements to Draft Recommendations -

(Released May 24, 2016, 9:10am)

Medicare Payment Reform - Making Sense of MACRA:

The "Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act" of 2015 (MACRA) repealed the flawed sustainable growth rate formula that annually threatened health care administrators, physicians, and other providers with Medicare reimbursement cuts of up to 21 percent.

RESOURCES: Your guide to Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) starts here. To help you understand the law and next steps for your practice, the AAFP has created the following on-demand informational modules.

1 - Introduction – “Medicare’s shift to value-based payment”  This module provides a brief overview, introduces the two payments models, and explains why MACRA was signed into law. (8.21 minutes)

2 - MIPS – “An overview of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System”  This module breaks down the pros and cons of MIPS and explains how physician payment is based on four core achievements.  (13.02 minutes)

3 - APMs – “What are Alternative Payment Models?”  For those already participating in a qualified alternative payment model, this module will explain whether or not you’re qualified for the increased reimbursement.  (8:30 minutes)

4 - Decision tree – “What’s my current payment track?”  This module will help you determine, if currently implemented in your practice, which payment program you would be paid from moving forward. (4:13 minutes)

Start familiarizing yourself with the future of health care today.   Don’t forget to access additional MACRA resources to help you prepare.

Medicare Payment Reform: Making Sense of MACRA from AAFP Family Practice Management, 2016 Mar-April

Get Ready for MACRA:  "AAFP Launches Full-Court Press to Ensure FPs Thrive in New Payment Era"

APM: An Alternative to Fee-for-Service - 3/15/16 AAFP "In The Trenches" blog

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act established two distinct payment systems for physicians - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an introduction to Alternative Payment Models. 

From Maine Medical Association -  "How New Medicare Payment System Intends to Help Small Practices"

In Maine:

Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE-PTN)

     NNE-PTN is a No-Cost Resource for Supporting Maine Physician Practices - for more information - visit the Maine Quality Counts website HERE

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