Your Blueprint For Navigating MACRA and the Quality Payment Program
Implementation of the Quality Payment Program, created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), is officially underway. As the Quality Payment Program kicks into gear, it’s important for clinicians to have updated and cardiovascular-specific information at their fingertips. The ACC’s new and improved MACRA Information Hub on ACC.org helps cardiovascular professionals understand the new Medicare payment system, prepare for Quality Payment Program implementation and explore available resources. The mobile-friendly MACRA Hub includes information on common MACRA terms; the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Model pathways; requirements for the Quality, Improvement Activities, Advancing Care Information and Cost categories; key program dates; cardiovascular quality measures; and more. Visit ACC.org/MACRA.
ACC’s Core Health Care Principles
The ACC’s BOT and Health Affairs Committee have approved a core set of principles to guide the College’s advocacy efforts as Congress and the new administration move forward with efforts to repeal provisions included in the Affordable Care Act. The principles can be found here. As discussed at the CV Summit, repeal of the ACA is separate from MACRA. Listen to Health Affairs Committee Chair Thad Waites, MD, FACC discuss the difference between the ACA and MACRA in a video recorded via Facebook Live on-site at CV Summit. Download ACC’s overarching advocacy slide deck that includes the core health care principles on ACC.org
ACC Governance Transformation Update
The College continues on a path of governance transformation to ensure that the organization is more nimble and strategic moving forward. Progress updates on governance changes were presented and discussed at a number of sessions during CV Summit and Leadership Forum in Orlando this past January, including at the Board of Governors, Section Steering Committee and Board of Trustees meetings. Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC’s Governance Committee, shared with member leaders the newly approved Authority Matrix document which illustrates how to operationalize ACC’s primary governance charge – to centralize authority and decentralize decision making. Access the Authority Matrix on ACC.org. Additionally, read a recent perspective piece about ACC’s governance transformation progress, authored by Poppas and ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, on ACC.org.