AHLA Executive Summary: Implementing the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 – the Merit-Based Incentive Program and Alternative Payment Models

    View Author February 2017

    This article, co-authored by principal Robert D. Nauman and a team of three other volunteer member authors, was published and released in January 2017 by the Physician Organizations Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).

    It discusses the final regulations covering the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP), which aims to encourage physicians to provide high-quality, efficient medical care. Under the QPP, physicians choose to participate in one of two tracks, the first being a Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track or the second, an Advanced Alternative Payment (APP) Model track.

    Four areas in particular are covered in more detail:

    • An overview of the two track options
    • How MACRA relates to payment reform
    • The timeline of MACRA implementation
    • Some practical resources for navigating the QPP

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