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Providers urge flexibility, caution in transition to value-based payment models under MACRA

April 21, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act replaces Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, which consolidates several federal health care-related reporting programs and bases payment increases on quality metrics.

House subcommittee asks CMS for update on MACRA implementation

March 22, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act permanently replaces Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and imposes a new quality measure reporting system for physicians, among other things.

CMS Releases Draft Plan for New Payment Model Quality Measures

December 23, 2015

The draft details how CMS plans to use and develop quality measures for new payment models under the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.

No Specifics on SGR Replacement Funds in GOP Budget Deal

April 24, 2015

Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) says the agreement instead will include language calling for funding to offset the remaining $141 billion cost at some point within 10 years.

GOP Budget Deal Could Feature Funding for SGR Replacement

April 23, 2015

Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) says a final budget agreement likely will offset the costs of the measure beginning next year.

Obama Signs SGR Replacement Measure

April 17, 2015

The legislation takes effect immediately and CMS says only "a small volume of claims" are being processed at lower payment levels but those payments will be reprocessed later at the full rate.

Stakeholders Applaud, Question SGR Replacement Bill

April 16, 2015

Some stakeholders are questioning whether the measure will stand the test of time.

Senate Passes SGR Replacement Bill

April 15, 2015

The measure now heads to President Obama, who is expected to sign it.

Senate To Consider Amendments on SGR Replacement Bill

April 14, 2015

The amendments are expected to fail, setting up a chance for the Senate to give final approval to the legislation today.

Senate Returns With Tight Deadline To Avoid SGR Doc Payment Cuts; CMS Says Bill Not a Permanent Fix

April 13, 2015

Without congressional action, CMS will begin processing a 21% Medicare payment cut to physicians and other eligible professionals on April 15.

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