Demystifying MACRA

CSMS executives provided a deep dive into Medicare’s new Quality Payment Programs (QPP) at today’s Demystifying MACRA program, presented by Qualidigm and the New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (New England QIN-QIO).

The CME program provided physicians and practice administrators from across New England with an in-depth look at MACRA and its two Quality Payment Programs: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APM).

After a warm welcome from Qualidigm Principal and Vice President of Community Relations Anne Elwell, the CSMS team went to work.

CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz, MS offered an overview of Medicare quality programs and how MACRA came about as a replacement for the SGR; CSMS VP for Communications Kelly Raskauskas, MPP followed with a presentation on MIPS Essentials, including MIPS timelines and resources; and CSMS General Counsel Layne Gakos provided an explanation of APMs, including Advanced APM and MIPS APM.

The morning session concluded with  A Deeper Dive into MIPS: Financial Incentives, presented by Catherine Hanson, JD, Chief Strategic Solutions and National Networks Officer of QVH Systems, LLC. QVH has developed the MIPS Navigator tool to help practices maximize their MIPS scores.

The program wrapped up with a Q&A session featuring the presenters and Michele Kelvey-Albert, Qualidigm’s Director of Consulting Services.

Learn more about CSMS MACRA resources here and here.

Learn more about the MIPS Navigator tool here.

Below from left: Matthew Katz, Layne Gakos, Kelly Raskauskas

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