Shifting Medicare Payment Program Emphasizes Quality Performance

Physician payments are undergoing a sea change as payers seek to reward quality over volume. In particular, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) made significant changes to the way physicians are paid under the Medicare program.

Health Policy Forum: The Changing Medicare Quality Reporting and Payment Landscape

Tuesday, January 30
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Rooms 220-221

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services implements MACRA’s various provisions, cardiothoracic surgeons will need to stay apprised of changes in reporting requirements and performance benchmarks.

Health Policy Forum attendees will learn how they can be successful under either aspect of the Medicare Quality Payment Program: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

Speakers will describe the MIPS categories in which clinician performance will be evaluated, including quality, advancing care information, and improvement activities. They also will discuss the current options for participating in an APM and highlight the Society’s efforts in advocating for cardiothoracic surgeons who participate in these programs.