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MACRA accomplishes 4 goals
For most physicians, 2016 was the final year of the EHR Incentive Program, (commonly known as “Meaningful Use”), with final incentives and/or penalties to be incurred in 2018. Only the Medicaid MU program still exists. However, major elements of MU are carried over into MACRA in the Advancing Care Information category of MIPS.
Effective 2017, under the proposed MACRA regulations, PQRS will cease to exist as an independent program, but PQRS-like quality reporting will continue to be a major component of Medicare’s value-based payment incentives.
The Physician Quality Reporting System was one of several government reporting programs (including meaningful use) that utilizes incentives (through 2014) and payment adjustments (through 2018) to promote the reporting of Clinical Quality Measure (CQMs) data.
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is now legal in all 50 states.