8 things physicians need to know about MACRA in 2019

March 5, 2019

The Medicare Quality Payment Program, enacted under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), will affect participating physicians’ payment in 2021.

On Nov. 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule governing its Medicare Quality Payment Program in 2019.The program, enacted under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), will affect participating physicians’ payment in 2021. In a statement, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency received extensive input from the medical community on what the final rule should look like.“The rule offers immediate relief from onerous requirements that contribute to burnout in the medical profession and detract from patient care. It also delays even more significant changes to give clinicians the time they need for implementation and provides time for us to continue to work with the medical community on this effort,” Verma said.Here are the top eight things physicians need to know about the 2019 rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP):