Future of MACRA after Sec. Price no longer head of HHS?

By ASN Staff

“The 2018 MACRA proposed rule was the first draft with Price’s involvement after he emphasized that he wanted to reduce reporting burdens and allow clinicians to focus on patient care. His rhetoric proved true as the proposed rule excluded more clinicians from having to participate while also making it easier to avoid a penalty.

Now that he is gone, what will happen to the final rule that is set to be released in November 2017?

How will clinicians plan for 2018… without a solid MACRA rule in place?

I highly doubt an successor will dial back on the commitment to make MACRA easier. If anything, the agency may tap the brakes on any bolder policies (such as making bundled payment models voluntary).

If [Seema] Verma [administrator for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)] takes the seat, we may see the final rule more quickly than from others competing for the HHS secretary spot. Verma is the most familiar with MACRA and would hurry any changes along. She has played a big role in drafting the 2018 MACRA proposed rule alongside Price.

Others may need more time to acquaint themselves with the mammoth act”.

 

The summary above includes most of the relevant information on MACRA, but please read the full article from the Acumen Physician Solutions blog here.

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“The 2018 MACRA proposed rule was the first draft with Price’s involvement after he emphasized that he wanted to reduce reporting burdens and allow clinicians to focus on patient care. His rhetoric proved true as the proposed rule excluded more clinicians from having to participate while also making it easier to avoid a penalty.

Now that he is gone, what will happen to the final rule that is set to be released in November 2017?

How will clinicians plan for 2018… without a solid MACRA rule in place?

I highly doubt an successor will dial back on the commitment to make MACRA easier. If anything, the agency may tap the brakes on any bolder policies (such as making bundled payment models voluntary).

If [Seema] Verma [administrator for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)] takes the seat, we may see the final rule more quickly than from others competing for the HHS secretary spot. Verma is the most familiar with MACRA and would hurry any changes along. She has played a big role in drafting the 2018 MACRA proposed rule alongside Price.

Others may need more time to acquaint themselves with the mammoth act”.

 

The summary above includes most of the relevant information on MACRA, but please read the full article from the Acumen Physician Solutions blog here.

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Friday, October 6, 2017