Physician Resource: Pick-Your-Pace

Pick Your Pace

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Like it or not, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is here. MACRA repealed the SGR payment system and adopted a new two-track system requiring physicians to choose either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Alternative Payment Models (APMs). It’s estimated that in 2017, about 90 percent of practices in the U.S. will fall into the MIPS category, 100 percent of the practices in Alabama, and it will serve as a stepping stone for some of those practices to join APMs in subsequent years. The results of the MIPS data collected for the 2017 calendar-year reporting period will affect a provider’s 2019 Part B Fee Schedule with a positive, negative or neutral payment adjustment.

While MACRA only impacts Medicare Part B payments, commercial payers typically follow Medicare’s payment models. It is likely that risk will be more prominent in the commercial setting over the next several years. Initially, physicians can choose MIPS or join an APM, such as an accountable care organization or patient-centered medical home. If they make no choice or are deemed ineligible for an APM incentive payment, they will be assigned to MIPS.


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Now’s the Time for Physicians to Pick Your Pace

Choose your reporting category now and avoid paying a penalty later. August is Pick-Your-Pace month, and we will host information here to help you choose the category that best suits you and your practice. Let’s get started…

Free AQAF Assistance: Transition to MACRA’s Quality Payment Program  AQAF provides free training on MACRA. Contact AQAF today!

TIME SENSITIVE: AMA SAN QPP/MIPS/ACI Webinar – Security Risk Analysis – September 13 NEW

Did you know CMS hosts MACRA webinars? NEW

More CMS MACRA training videos NEW

Let AAFP get you MACRA Ready NEW

Check out what the AMA’s podcast series on QPP specifics NEW

What’s Your MIPS Action Plan? Measure Your Progress NEW

Need to know your MIPS participation status? Find out online.

“Pick Your Pace” Options Under the CMS Quality Payment Program (PODCAST)

Podcast series explores new Medicare quality program, pay models

AAFP members should check out this CME-for-members section concerning MACRA

Get Up to Speed with this QPP FAQ Sheet

Are You a Medicare Provider Without an EHR?  Find out how you can avoid the MIPS 4 percent penalty by participating this year.

New Video Shows Physicians How to Avoid Medicare Payment Penalties

Avoid MIPS Penalties in 2019: What Physicians Need to Know

Physicians Can Now Apply for Hardship Exception for QPP

The Impact of MACRA (Fall 2016, Alabama Medicine magazine)


Free Webinar

MACRA: Essential Strategies in Economic Reform (Originally broadcast November 7, 2016)


  • Identify strategies to implement in your personal practice that will prepare you for the transformations coming your way with MACRA legislative mandated changes.
  • Describe the role of effective data capture starting in 2017 to determine the value of services and health care reimbursement under population-based payment (PBP) models being applied effective in 2019.
  • Implement changes in improved data capture that align with MACRA essential documentation within the group practice and among organizational leaders.