Source: AAFP News
- Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
- Alternative Payment Models (APM).
American Academy of Family Physicians experts will closely examine the proposal over the next few weeks to ensure family physicians are treated fairly and that the rule will allow them to be successful with new payment models. CMS is accepting public feedback until Sunday, June 26.
Upon release of this 900-plus page proposed rule, the AAFP released the following statement attributable to AAFP President Wanda Filer, MD, MB:
“Reforming the way physicians are paid by Medicare is fundamental to improving the quality and outcomes of patient care, while increasing the efficiency of care delivery in the system as a whole. Today’s regulations, released by CMS to implement MACRA, are a step toward achieving these reforms.
The AAFP believes that MACRA is, by Congressional intent and design, a law aimed at transforming our health care delivery system into one that is based on a strong foundation of primary care.
Today’s proposed regulations move toward meeting Congressional intent, which is to place greater priority on primary care that is comprehensive, continuous, coordinated, connected, and a patient’s first contact with the health care system. The law’s emphasis on these priorities—and the significant attention paid to the patient-centered medical home in particular—is a direct expression of the Congressional desire to see our health care delivery system more aggressively promote, reward, and emphasize primary care. It is important that CMS, through this regulation, get this right if we are to achieve the transformation of health care delivery that we all desire. We look forward to working with CMS to ensure that this regulation makes significant progress toward meeting that goal.”