The passage of MACRA (Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act) marks a new era in the healthcare landscape. MACRA repealed the sustainable growth rate formula, or SGR, which had been the basis for determining annual updates to the Medicare fee schedule. Furthermore, beginning in 2019, a large portion of Medicare Part B payments of nearly all providers will be closely tied to quality, cost-efficient care. However, these 2019 payment adjustments will be based on actual performance beginning January 2017. For that reason, practices of all sizes need to be educating themselves on the impact of MACRA and determining the best approach to maximize performance.

What can Arkansas Health Network do for me and/or my practice to prepare for MACRA?

  • Information
    AHN’s MACRA Resource Center will be regularly updated with resources to help you navigate through changes involving MACRA, including presentations, articles, and more.
  • Participation
    Providers may compete individually, as a practice, or as a member of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) such as Arkansas Health Network. For more information on becoming a member of AHN, click here: Join AHN


Resource Center:

Click the links below to access AHN-Recommended education and resources on MACRA

American Academy for Family Practice (AAFP)

MACRA Ready Homepage

MACRA 101 Video Modules

MACRA Payment: APM vs. MIPS

MACRA Readiness Assessment (MIPS)

American Medical Association (AMA)

Medicare Payment Reform Homepage

AMA STEPS Forward™ : Practice Transformation Learning Module

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Quality Payment Program: Delivery System Reform, Medicare Payment Reform, & MACRA

Quality Payment Program Training Deck

Small Practices Fact Sheet

Official Proposed Rule (final rule expected to be released in October 2016)

Other Sources

Advisory Board – What You Need to Know Right Away About the Proposed Rule

Advisory Board – Your questions about the MACRA proposed rule - answered

Advisory Board – Mythbusters: MACRA Edition

Brookings – How the money flows under MACRA

Modern Healthcare – With MACRA looming, doctors can't afford waiting to plumb its intricacies

Polsinelli – Understanding the Implications of MACRA, MIPS, & APMs