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URAC’s First Take on the Proposed MACRA Rule

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

On April 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

The nearly 1,000-page proposed rule can be reviewed here.

While we are still reviewing and evaluating the proposed rule, our initial assessment leaves us cautiously optimistic about the pending enactment of MACRA. We support the CMS proposal to utilize national certification of patient centered medical homes (PCMHs), and we are pleased that URAC has been named as one of four organizations recognized to certify PCMHs.

We also support the CMS recognition that physicians and providers who serve rural and underserved communities need special considerations to ensure their long-term success in the new value-based health care economy.

URAC recognizes that success rests on our ability as a delivery system to support physician and practice transformation in a manner that is not only sustainable but also reflects the unique needs of local communities. URAC designed a PCMH certification program that supports practice transformation for all – especially for smaller practices caring for rural and underserved communities.

As we complete our review of the proposed rule, we look forward to working with CMS and industry stakeholders to ensure the goals of MACRA are achieved without restricting local innovations that physicians and providers deliver to their communities.

For more information about URAC’s PCMH certification, click here.

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