MACRA News Compendium

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A recent survey conducted by Integra Connect has found that a majority of specialty physicians have not yet invested in operational changes that may be essential for their success under value-based care reimbursement models.
Quality measurement is here to stay, but a JAMA viewpoint asks if anyone is keeping tabs on the costs of measurement.
With the comment period now concluded, CMS has received nearly 1300 comments on its proposed amendments to the Quality Payment Program established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
UPDATE: CMS called for other changes to the existing Comprehensive Joint Replacement model. Experts who work with providers on bundled payments have predicted tweaks that will let voluntary programs qualify as an Advanced Alternative Payment Models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
This week, the top managed care stories included the Senate rejecting multiple measures to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act; calls for new payment models in behavioral healthcare; and 2 studies on empowering consumers to find the best prices for medications.
CMS announced it will hold a meeting to gather input on potential models to pay for behavioral healthcare that would improve quality, expand access, and lower costs for beneficiaries.
The survey found a jump in physician burnout since 2013 and a gap in the commitment to combat medical errors, a problem that persists despite the movement toward quality measures.
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