WSHA recently submitted comments on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS’s) proposed rule regarding physician payment under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The act replaces the current sustainable growth rates formula governing physician payment with a new structure that will adjust physician payments based on how well they attained quality measures. The act has special provisions for approved alternative payment models.
In its comments, WSHA stressed that the current list of approved models is too limited and may undermine some successful models that are underway. WSHA also stressed that there needs to be flexibility to accommodate the needs of rural providers who are limited in their ability to take on downside financial risk and have more limited access to electronic health record resources. WSHA is arranging special webcasts to provide information to members regarding the transition to value-based payment. Click here to read more in a recent Fiscal Watch article. (Andrew Busz)