October 2016
On Oct. 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule with comment period implementing the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The nearly 2,400 pages of regulatory text and associated commentary sets forth CMS’ implementing regulations to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with a new system that links Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments for physicians and other practitioners to care delivery, quality and value-based variables.

MACRA is viewed by many as a game changer for the delivery and payment of health care services. And since MACRA was a bipartisan piece of health care legislation, those expecting a repeal or major rewrite may be engaged in wishful thinking.

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