MACRA stands for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. This bipartisan federal legislation, signed into law on April 16, 2015, does many things, but most importantly it establishes new ways to pay physicians for caring for Medicare beneficiaries. Central to that objective is the Quality Payment Program or QPP.

To help you decipher what this massive piece of legislation may mean to you and your practice, the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has assembled links to helpful resources at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Physicians Advocacy Institute, the American Medical Association (AMA) as well as other organizations with helpful information as it becomes available. We’re also developing our own educational resources to help you and your practice succeed – even thrive – in the age of MACRA and QPP.

  1. The NCMS Gives You the First 6 Steps to Understanding MACRA
  2. MACRA Glossary of Acronyms and Terms


PAINEW! Physicians Advocacy Institute Launches MACRA QPP Center with Helpful Free Tools

The resources on the PAI website include:

PAI/NCMS Resources for Download

CMS Resources

AMA Resources

Educational Resources

The NCMS is working with a federally funded Practice Transformation Network (PTN) to offer educational workshops to help small practices, clinics and critical care hospitals currently unaffiliated with an accountable care organization (ACO) prepare for value-based payments. The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium (NRACC) and their partner, Caravan Health, offer workshops throughout the state, including at the NCMS Center for Leadership in Medicine in Raleigh. Watch the NCMS Bulletin for upcoming classes near you in 2017. Learn more here.

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