AMGA launches MACRA and risk initiative


AMGA launches MACRA and risk initiative


AMGA,the trade association representing medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care, has launched its MACRA and risk initiative to help its members prepare for and succeed under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and in all risk-based payment systems.

MACRA changes Medicare’s physician financing model in the most significant and far-reaching way since the program’s inception in 1965, according to the firm. It repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, and presents two pathways for taking on risk in the Medicare program: a new merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models (APMs).

The legislation marks a clear movement toward healthcare organizations taking more risk for the quality and efficiency of the care they provide to Medicare patients, said the firm.

AMGA’s MACRA and risk Initiative provides advocacy, tools, and resources to help its members navigate the movement from volume-based to value-based care. The initiative also provides peer-to-peer learning and expertise, with sessions led by AMGA members who have faced the transformation to risk.

Among the resources available to healthcare provider organizations are best practices summaries and white papers, educational meetings and webinars, tools such as infographics and slides, as well as workshops and consulting services.

Donald Fisher, AMGA’s president and chief executive officer, said: “AMGA members are the leaders in providing the best care in America, and MACRA presents significant challenges to healthcare financing. We are making it our priority to ensure our members have the tools necessary to meet the challenge of new and rapidly approaching payment models.

“Our initiative provides the opportunity for leaders of medical groups and integrated systems of care to learn from each other and share knowledge about what is working in preparing for MACRA and risk-based payment systems,” added Chester Speed, vice president, public policy at AMGA.

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