MACRA: Show and Tell (Me)

This post contributed by Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Economics.

Dr. SilvaHealth care delivery payment changes are here. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) authorized Quality Payment Program and federal clinical decision support requirements are changing how radiology care is ordered and carried out.

The ACR has committed to not only tell us about these changes, but offer multiple resources to help us make the leap to value-based care. In fact, whenever possible, ACR has hands-on resources to show us exactly how to do it.

One of those opportunities is coming up. The ACR, in cooperation with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Illinois Health & Hospital Association (IHA), is hosting a Sept 7 event in Chicago (register here) to give referring physicians and radiologists hands-on experience with new tools and training to help physicians improve quality and outcomes by ordering more appropriate imaging.  If you can’t attend the AMA’s STEPS Forward Practice Improvement Strategies: Clinical Decision Support for Imaging, you may register to be notified when the videos from the event are posted online.

This event offers value for clinicians who order radiology exams (e.g., internal medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine), radiologists and other medical imaging professionals, as well as quality officers, CMOs, CIOs, and CEOs, members of Practice Transformation Networks and other quality-based healthcare organizations.

These events and resources—made possible in-part through ACR’s R-SCAN™ and Imaging 3.0™ initiatives—are part of radiology’s seat at the table to impact health care reform. They also offer free CME opportunities for radiologists to help themselves and their practices make informed decisions as medicine transitions from volume- to value-based care.

I can’t urge you enough to take advantage of these resources (particularly the upcoming Chicago event). I would also be greatly interested in hearing how you and your practice are working to Be MACRA Ready.

Please share your experiences and thoughts in the comments section below.

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