Another reason to fully embrace compliance in 2017 is that most practices are familiar with what they need to do. Those that participated in the Meaningful Use and Physician Quality Reporting System programs are well-positioned to transition easily to MACRA, because it is comprised of many of the elements of those programs.
With a few tweaks, providers can ready themselves for full MIPS reporting in 2017, which will leave them well positioned to earn incentives and avoid penalties in the future.
Making the commitment
With policy changes possible under the new administration, many aspects of healthcare reform face an uncertain future in 2017. But value-based reimbursement initiatives such as MACRA, should remain in place in 2017 and beyond. Those practices that commit to following the requirements for 2017 can seize opportunities without penalty and reap positive benefits.