Payment and Delivery Change Is Now Real

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

Dr. SilvaThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) CY2017 Final Rule. With that, payment change that was “getting real” has become real. ACR has been planning for CMS implementation of MACRA and can help us help each other make the transition.

Most recently, the College has analyzed the 2,400-page document and posted a radiology-specific summary of the MACRA Final Rule to give us a better idea of what CMS has actually done and how it may affect us.

This summary joins a wealth of other ACR-developed tools and resources in theBe MACRA Readysection on, which provides information on the most recent developments and MACRA basics,

  • What Are MIPS and APMs, as Defined by MACRA?
  • What Do I Need to Know (About MACRA)?
  • What Do I Need to Do (to Be MACRA Ready)?

You should also know that ACR members are sharing their expertise with CMS to ensure optimal radiology quality metrics are developed as value-based care advances. This week, David J. Seidenwurm, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Quality Metrics Committee, was named to the CMS Technical Expert Panel for the Quality Measure Development Plan. He will do a fantastic job!

Meanwhile, the College continues to monitor health care delivery and payment changes. ACR is developing more in-depth materials and easily accessed MACRA resources for members. But, I would urge you not to wait until CMS finishes implementing MACRA to become familiar with it.

Please start educating yourself on MACRA now with the wealth of materials the College has in place.

We are all in this together. And together, we will move radiology (and the rest of medicine) forward.

  • How are you and your practice getting ready for value-based care?
  • What lessons have you learned from the process?
  • How do you think others can learn from what you have experienced?

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