As the Jan. 1, 2017 start date for the proposed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) rule quickly approaches, it has become one of the most discussed health care IT topics. I recently participated in Health Standard’s weekly #HITsm Twitter chat, along with other health care thought leaders, to discuss MACRA.
The discussion focused on how MACRA can positively impact patients. There were discussions about the path to Alternative Payment Models or the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and challenges associated with determining the best course of action. I reminded participants that MIPS is based off existing value-based programs and would leverage the work many organizations have already done to get them through the initial transition. I also noted that the use of different sources of data, coupled with analytics, can be a strategic enabler in the future.
Included are some of the top tweets from the chat and links to two blogs published by John Travis, vice president of regulatory and compliance strategy at Cerner:
Topic 1: What is your impression of MACRA on a high level? #HITsm
Topic 2: What does MACRA mean for solo practices or small groups? #HITsm
Topic 3: How can organizations prepare for MACRA now? #HITsm
Topic 4: What is the relationship between MIPS and MACRA? #HITsm
Topic 5: How will patients feel the impact of these changes? #HITsm
T5 the biggest challenge isn't the doc or MACRA, it's shifting an entire population's behavior, and get ppl to self-manage health #HITsm— Matthew Loxton (@mloxton) August 12, 2016