When Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act last year, it came at a time when physicians and other stakeholders were feeling intense fatigue over the numerous efforts to reform the U.S. health care system.
It wasn’t any surprise then that CMS – tasked with interpreting the law and promulgating rules on how to implement it – received more than 4,000 comments over its MACRA proposal. Nor was it a surprise that more than 100,000 clinicians and stakeholders attended meetings held by CMS officials.
In the final rule, issued on Oct. 14, CMS responded to the concerns of clinicians facing immediate, steep financial penalties included in the new Quality Payment Program. CMS agreed to ease clinicians into the new program by establishing a first transition year, which allows clinicians to “pick your pace” of adoption and reporting.