Government Affairs

SRS is committed to serving as a reliable educational resource that you can count on for important information affecting your practice’s success.

 

A dedicated SRS Government Affairs team and knowledgeable staff members keep you informed about government programs, offer valuable industry insights, and provide practical guidance.

MACRA

MACRA/MIPS


MACRA accomplishes 4 goals

  • Replaces the SGR (Sustainable Growth Rate calculation that previously served as the basis for annual Medicare professional fee schedule increases) and sets predictable Medicare rates.
  • Accelerates the shift to “Value-Based Payment” to reward quality over quantity of care.
  • Ends MU, PQRS, and the Value-Based Payment Modifier as separate Medicare programs with their own incentive/penalty structures.
  • Consolidates these programs into a new program, effective 2017, with financial impact beginning in 2019.

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Meaningful Use


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.

 

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PQRS


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.

 

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EPCS


Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is now legal in all 50 states.

 

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