Urologists support the goals of Medicare payment reform, but Congress must monitor its implementation to ensure that the intent of MACRA is fully realized and preserved.
In April 2015, Congress passed, and the president signed into law, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (P.L. 114-10). MACRA replaced the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which represents a new, more streamlined approach to paying providers for the value and quality of their care through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and other alternative payment models (APMs). In October 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on QPP implementation, taking effect on January 1, 2017.
To ensure the QPP is implemented fairly and in a way that will not hinder our ability to care for patients, urologists urge lawmakers to make the following requests of CMS:
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