MACRA & QPP Resource Center

Everything you need to know about MACRA in one place.

This page will be regularly updated with resources to help you navigate through changes involving MACRA, including presentations, webinars, articles, and more.


General Information

  BPCI Advanced Update: CMS Gives Providers Another Week to Decide 07/06/2018

  Two MIPS Announcements from CMS 07/03/2018

  MIPS: Episode-Based Cost Measure Field Test Reports Fact Sheet 10/03/2017

  CV-Specific MIPS Quality Measures 10/03/2017

  How is MIPS Participation Determined? 08/14/2017

  Quality Insights Resource Library 08/14/2017

  QPP UPDATE: How the Scoring for Various Elements of the MIPS Categories will be Handled 04/27/2017

  Survey: 64% of healthcare providers remain 'unprepared' or 'very unprepared' for MACRA 03/24/2017

  2017 CMS Quality Payment Program Performance Period Key Dates 12/15/2016

  MedAxiom's MACRA Overview and Final Rule Summary 10/27/2016

  Million Hearts® Model Orientation Webinar (.pptx) 07/20/2016

  Million Hearts® Model Orientation Webinar FAQ 07/20/2016

  MACRA, what's that? Half of doctors don't know, Deloitte says 07/18/2016

  HHS Announces $20M to Assist Physician Practices Under MACRA 06/20/2016

  Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network White Paper: Accelerating and Aligning Clinical Episode Payment Model – Coronary Artery Disease 05/20/2016

  MACRA Readiness Assessment
Interactive Tool | 04/2016

  Are You Ready for MACRA?
Joel Saur | Webinar | 04/2016

  MACRA - Update and Essentials
Suzette Jaskie | Presentation | 04/2016

  MACRA Basics Presentation
CMOG-GFP Meeting | Charleston, SC | 02/25/2016

  Patient Centered Specialty Practice: Getting Ready for MACRA
Xiaoyan Huang, MD, MHCM, FACC | Presentation | 04/2016

  Flexibility Rule for Meaningful Use & MACRA (the law that repealed SGR)
Cathie Biga | Presentation | 2015

  MACRA is coming—Are you ready???
Ryan Graver, Cathie Biga, and Kelsey Reichert | Blog Post | 11/2015

  The Big Six: Significant Events Impacting Heart Programs in 2015 and Beyond
Larry Sobal | Blog Post | 12/2015

  In the New Value Economic Model, Co-Management is a Must - Part 1
Joel Sauer | Blog Post | 12/2015

  Big Decisions: MACRA pushes the value agenda and forces physicians to choose how they get paid
Ryan Graver, Cathie Biga, and Kelsey Reichert | Cardiac Interventions Today | Sep/Oct 2015

Official CMS Actions

  BPCI Advanced Update: CMS Gives Providers Another Week to Decide 07/06/2018

  Two MIPS Announcements from CMS 07/03/2018

  Summary of the 2018 Proposed MIPs Rule 06/22/2017

  Update on Patient Relationship Categories and Codes 05/18/2017

  MIPS Participation Status Letter 04/28/2017

  CMS Extends Deadline for 2016 PQRS EHR Submission 11/01/2016

  CMS Summary of Final OPPs Rules 11/01/2016

  CMS Announces Final Rule 06/10/2016

  Quality Payment Program Executive Summary 06/10/2016

  The Quality Payment Program Overview Fact Sheet 06/10/2016

  Press Release: HHS finalizes streamlined Medicare payment system that rewards clinicians for quality patient care 06/10/2016

  Press Release: >CMS announces new initiative to increase clinician engagement 06/10/2016

  CMS Final Quality Payment Program 07/18/2016

  Quality Payment Program Under MIPS PDF Summary 06/10/2016

  Quality Performance Category training slide deck 06/10/2016

  Small Practices Fact Sheet 06/10/2016

  Resource Use Performance Category slide deck 06/10/2016

  Advancing Care Information Presentation 06/10/2016

  Review of the 2015 Mid-Year Quality and Resource Use Reports 05/19/2016

  Medicare Program; Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models 04/2016

  NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 4/28/16

  CMS Fact Sheet: Two-Step Attribution for Measures Included in the Value Modifier 08/2015



On-Demand Presentations  

CV Transforum Fall'16: MACRA Update and Strategies CV Transforum Fall'16: MACRA Update and Strategies The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) has quickly become a topic of great concern and urgency within the CV community. This presentation will provide an up-to-date explanation of the strategies and tactics that you need to prepare for the implementation of MACRA. The payment alternatives available to physicians will be reviewed along with strategies to align physician compensation to the MACRA requirements. In addition, current information on operations initiatives that qualify for the improvement requirements outlined in MACRA and coding considerations will be discussed. For those needing help understanding MACRA and organizing to be successful in its implementation, this is a must-attend presentation.
Cathie Biga,
Cardiovascular Management of Illinois
Joel Sauer, MedAxiom Consulting

Patient Centered Specialty Practice provides maximum (60) points under the Clinical Practice Improvement category. We told you first! Providence Patient Centered Specialty Practice Providence Heart Clinic was the first cardiology practice in the country to receive recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) for transforming specialty care through: Patient Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP). PCSP standards offer a set of detailed blueprints for how specialty clinics should track and coordinate referrals and care, provide access and communication with referring physicians and patients, identify and manage patient population, plan and mange care, as well as measure and improve performance. Learn how PCSP standards can optimize your core business, secure the specialists' role in the medical neighborhood, position your practice in your referral market, and give you a competitive edge in the new, value-based payment models
Xiaoyan Huang, MD, MHCM, FACC,
, Providence Milwaukie Hospital
Moderator: Joel Sauer, MedAxiom Consulting

Top 10 MACRA Readiness Actions: A Panel Discussion
A CVSL’16 panel discussion among experts who work on the front lines of the professional practices discuss real-life tactics that leaders are taking now to prepare for MACRA.
Cathie Biga, Presient and CEO, Cardiovascular Management of Illinois
Barbara Coughlin, VP Quality & Government Programs, Physician Services, HCA
Nicole Knight, LPN, CPC, CCS-P, Director, Revenue Cycle Solutions, MedAxiom Consulting
Stacie E. Prasifka, CPA, Chief Executive Officer, North Texas Heart Center, P.A.
Moderator: Joel Sauer, Vice President, MedAxiom Consulting
Are You Ready for MACRA?
Are You Ready for MACRA?
Webinar recording delivered by Joel Sauer at CVSL '16, discussing practical strategies and tactics programs should undertake to be successful in the new value economy.
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