Passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) alters how the federal government will pay physicians for delivering healthcare, shifting from reimbursing for the volume of care delivered to reimbursing for the value of care delivered.
Since performance beginning as early as 2017 will impact payment adjustments in upcoming years, it is critical that Family Physicians begin preparing TODAY to establish a value-based infrastructure. Through the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has funded Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) across the country to provide no-cost technical assistance and support to assist physicians in their quality improvement and practice transformation efforts. Primary care physicians in Michigan may apply to participate in one of two PTNs, as listed below. Enrollment is open for each, but a limited number of spots are available, so time is of the essence.
Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network: Will deploy quality improvement advisors to coach 4,000 clinicians in Michigan through the five phases of patient-centric practice transformation, and provide direct technical assistance on the Physician Quality Reporting System and local quality improvement efforts to help prepare clinicians for participation in value-based payment systems.
National Rural Accountable Care Consortium: A non-profit organization that supports rural healthcare transformation to improve care, reduce unnecessary healthcare costs, and improve patient satisfaction while also improving the financial performance and sustainability of rural health systems.