This Week – January 23, 2016

This Week in Washington, DC

National Affairs - Knapple .jpg From National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG

CMS: “Meaningful Use Changes Forthcoming”

As many of you know, last week CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt was quoted in the press stating that “in 2016, MU as it has existed– with MACRA — will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.” MACRA, or the “Medicare Access or CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” was the legislation passed in 2015 that eliminated the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and implements a new reimbursement system beginning 2019. CMS backed off of that statement a bit this week and provided some clarity in an Agency blog post. CMS stated that the Agency will be seeking feedback from physicians and stakeholders in the coming days on making improvements and changes to the Meaningful Use Program.

Questions on Participating in Meaningful Use: Updated ACG Guidance

Members are encouraged to review ACG’s updated background and guidance on participating in Meaningful Use, which includes important dates to remember as your practice goes through this process.

ACG is pleased that our advocacy efforts regarding the significant administrative and practice expense burdens associated with participating in Meaningful Use are helping to make changes in the program.   ACG will continue to work with Congress as well as CMS to provide much needed relief for members participating in this onerous program.

Read my full post here.