The complicated nature of MACRA’s rollout may have left some healthcare providers behind, but significant changes are on the horizon, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on the changes. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, better known as MACRA, affects all practices — big and small — and the mandates already in place will affect the bottom line of your practice in 2017 and beyond. These new rulings apply to all physicians, physician assistants, nurses, anesthesiologists and other healthcare professionals, so it’s important to understand what’s quickly coming down the pike.
Now in its final phase, the mandates of Meaningful Use were designed to reduce health disparities and improve the quality and delivery of patients’ medical care. One of the major initiatives was moving practices away from paper-based records. This alleviated the sometimes-questionable interpretation of handwriting and the opportunity for incomplete or misplaced files. By corralling all of the patient records in one locale it has also led to timely, more efficient sharing and exchange of information.