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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

MACRA Webinar Series Kicks-Off, Two More Coming in August

August 4, 2016 | Medicare | Comments
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On Thursday, the National Council held its first of three webinars related to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the sweeping reforms it makes to payments under Medicare. The first webinar, “MACRA 101” focused on the proposed quality payment program, which completely overhauls how Medicare Part B clinicians will be paid starting in 2017.



Overall, MACRA aims to reward health care providers for delivering quality and value over patient volume by implementing two new payment models: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs).  In this first webinar, attendees received an overview of the impetus and impact of the new payment program, including in-depth discussions about the new payment models and their impact on organizations across the country.


Top takeaways from the webinar included:

  1. Understand What’s Changed: The MACRA Quality Payment Program completely changes how Medicare will reimburse clinicians, emphasizing value and outcomes over patient volume.
  2. Know Your Eligibility: More than 90% of eligible Medicare Part B clinicians—including psychiatrists and nurse practitioners–will be subject to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) as of January 1, 2017. The time to prepare is NOW.
  3. Prepare for the Future: As Medicare implements value-based payment systems, Medicaid and private insurers are likely to follow. Mastering the skills required to succeed for MIPS will help all behavioral health providers prepare to thrive in the context of value-based payments.

Note: Beginning Friday, August 5, interested parties can find a recording of the MACRA 101 webinar here.



For those looking to learn more about MACRA and its implications for behavioral health providers, the National Council is hosting two more webinars this summer.


August 11: The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Survival Guide


What do you get when you combine the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value-based Payment Modifier and Meaningful Use? MIPS! It is anticipated that most behavioral health Medicare Part B providers will be subject to MIPS in 2017. Join the National Council for this one-hour webinar to understand the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s new quality payment program and what your behavioral health organization can do now to prepare for its implementation in 2017.


August 16: PQRS & MIPS in the Real World: Three Organizations Share their Experiences


Now you understand MIPS, but what are behavioral health organizations doing now to prepare for its implementation? Join the National Council for this one-hour webinar and hear how three behavioral health organizations participated in PQRS, the challenges they faced, and how they’re applying the lessons they learned to prepare for MIPS in 2017.


To learn more about MACRA and for information and resources on how best to prepare your organization for changes, check out our new webpage here.