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CMS Open to Alternative MACRA Start Date

Modern Healthcare reported this week that the CMS is open to delaying the start of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told lawmakers Wednesday that the agency is considering delaying the start date for Medicare payment reform, which is set to go into effect Jan 1. Testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, Slavitt said the CMS is concerned that some physicians, particularly at small practices, may not be ready for the changes under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act that replaced the much-maligned sustainable growth-rate formula.

AAHKS signed on to AMA and AAOS letters along with other medical associations encouraging CMS to delay implementation of data reporting under MACRA.

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