64% not ready for MACRA! The Academy can help you prepare

Helms_Stephen.jpgBy Stephen Helms, MD
Chair, Practice Operations Committee

Two-thirds of health care providers (64%) report that they are “unprepared” or “very unprepared” for managing and executing Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) initiatives, according to a survey at the 2017 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in March.

The findings from the survey, the fifth annual Health IT Industry Outlook Survey, regarding health care providers’ MACRA readiness comes as the health care industry approaches the end of the first quarter in the first-ever MACRA reporting year. MACRA, which was passed with bipartisan support in Congress, launched its first reporting period in January 2017 in which eligible Medicare clinicians will be reporting to a Quality Payment Program that determines a physician’s reimbursement based on the high quality, efficient care they provide that’s supported by technology.

The survey findings indicate that health care providers need support to comply with MACRA and IT demands.
The Academy recently launched a new online resource to help members prepare for the implementation of MACRA. The new MACRA section includes essential information for your practice, whether you’re reporting through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and alternative payment model (APM), or choosing not to participate in either.

The web section, which is free to Academy members, includes the following interactive tools and resources to ensure members are on the right track to implement MACRA:


Learn about MACRA

Find a wealth of information and tools to help you understand and implement MIPS or APMs.


MIPS and your bottom line interactive tool

Find out how MIPS will impact your practice revenue with this interactive tool.


MIPS readiness assessment interactive tool

Is your practice ready for MIPS? Assess your readiness now with this interactive tool.


Find quality measures

Find dermatology-applicable measures to satisfy MIPS quality reporting requirements.


Join AAD's MACRA community

Join an online discussion forum that allows members to ask staff experts questions about MACRA.


In addition, I've worked with Academy staff to create frequently asked questions about MACRA. Find out answers below.