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MACRA—the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015—will implement the most extensive collection of changes to Medicare payment methodologies since RBRVS was introduced in 1992.

Let the WSMA help you and your practice cope with the dizzying pace of change as efforts to move physician payments from volume to value continues. For questions, contact Bob Perna (rjp@wsma.org).

Follow these three steps to prepare your practice for MACRA

The WSMA has collaborated with the AMA in offering the following introduction to MACRA.

  1. Preparing your practice for value-based care: This AMA online module will help you make the shift to value-based care. (See also: Guide to physician-focused payment models).
  2. Understanding MACRA: Summary of CMS Final Rule on MACRA (six pages), MACRA one-pager, Understanding the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and Understanding Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
  3. MACRA checklist: Whether you ultimately participate in an alternative payment model or MIPS, take these five steps to position your practice for success.

To deepen your understanding and preparation. review the resources available below.

MACRA Webinars

OnDemand videos designed to guide you in preparing to participate—and succeed—in Medicare's new payment models, no matter the size of your practice.

Quality Payment Program Year 2 Overview Webinar

This webinar addresses the CMS 2018 Final Rule Changes regarding MACRA. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) established the Quality Payment Program for eligible clinicians. The recently announced rule provides updates for the second and future years of the Quality Payment Program. This webinar, presented by Dr. Nancy Fisher, chief medical officer of CMS Region 10, and Lauri Tan, health insurance specialist, focuses on a comparison between calendar year 2017 and the proposed changes for calendar 2018. Originally presented Dec. 6, 2017.

Free OnDemand video

Proposed Changes to the MACRA Quality Payment Program

This one-hour webinar is co-sponsored by the WSMA, the Oregon Medical Association and the Idaho Medical Association, and was originally presented Aug. 1, 2017.

Free OnDemand video

MACRA CMS Final Rule: Refining Your Strategy

Free OnDemand video

MACRA and Value-Based Care: Creating Your Organization's Strategy

Free OnDemand video

MACRA: Setting the Foundation

This presentation, co-sponsored by the WSMA and the Washington State Hospital Association, addresses the basics of MACRA as a Medicare value-based care initiative; its two pathways of alternative payment models and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS); financial incentives vs. penalties; and the impact on your organization.

Free OnDemand video

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