August 2016 

MACRA in Focus 
Payment Track Selection and Update on CPC+ in the State of Maine 

Last month, we announced that we will begin a new monthly feature called "MACRA: In Focus" where we will provide you with updates and information about MACRA. This month, we will focus on the payment track that applies to ACO Participants and provide you with an update about CPC+ in the state of Maine.

In This Issue
WHAT'S HOT: Important Updates
CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS): EIDM Accounts Necessary to Obtain 2015 PQRS Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports

CMS will be releasing two reports in early fall that will require Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) accounts to access. The reports scheduled for release are:

  • PQRS feedback reports depicting your program year 2015 PQRS reporting results, including payment adjustment assessment for 2017.
  • 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) that will show how groups and solo practitioners performed in 2015 on the quality and cost measures used to calculate the 2017 Value Modifier. 

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FAST FIVE: ACO Spotlight
Meet Dr. Jeff Aalberg, Chief Medical Officer, MaineHealth ACO & Senior Medical Director of Ambulatory Care, MaineHealth 

Each month, we'll ask one of our ACO stakeholders 5 quick questions about their life and the work they are doing. This month we had a chance to catch up with Dr. Jeff Aalberg. 

Helpful Resources and Links to Keep You Informed
CMS Introduces Advance Care Planning Billing Code for Physician Reimbursement
On January 1, 2016, CMS introduced an Advance Care Planning (ACP) billing code to reimburse physicians for discussing advance care planning with patients and their families. Please continue reading for more information and requirements for billing.
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