This Week – September 10, 2016

This Week in Washington, D.C.

  • CMS Announcement: Easing MACRA requirements for CY 2017
  • ACG Practice Management Guidance: Tips on Structuring Anesthesia Models
  • MACRA Tidbit for the Week: MAKING $ENSE OF MACRA

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

CMS Announcement: Easing MACRA requirements for CY 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Agency will ease reporting restrictions and potential payment cuts under Medicare’s new reimbursement law.  As you know, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) repealed the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and created a new reimbursement system beginning 2019.  However, CMS will use CY 2017 as the reporting year to determine your 2019 payment.

While CMS did announce some help in this transition, the Agency also stated that it would release the final rule by November 1, 2016.  To help ACG members and others avoid reimbursement cuts in 2019, CMS announced the following reporting options for CY 2017:

First Option: The Test Option

CMS stated that as long as ACG members “submit some data” for MIPS after January 1, 2017, they will avoid a payment cut.  According to CMS, “this first option is designed to ensure that your system is working and that you are prepared for broader participation in 2018 and 2019 as you learn more.”

Second Option: Partial Year Participation & more: click here to read the full blog.

From ACG Practice Management Committee Chair, Michael S. Morelli, MD, CPE, FACG

ACG Practice Management Guidance: Tips on Structuring Anesthesia Models

ACG members are encouraged to read a new Special ACG update from Ann M. Bittinger, JD: “Unwelcome Company: Ways to offer anesthesia LEGALLY”

ACG Members: Utilize ACG’s Practice Management Tools. It is ACG’s mission to assist you with your private practice needs.  We host a wealth of practice management materials for members on the ACG Practice Management website, the ACG Health Reform and Practice Management Center, as well as the ACG Education Universe.




MIPS… APMs… QCDRs… ACOs… Why does Washington D.C. love acronyms and complicated payment systems?  ACG Hopes to Keep This Simple.   We compiled a detailed overview for you that seeks to make some sense out of this alphabet soup.  Read the summary and potential impact to GI. Dissecting MACRA