July 2016
Preparing for MACRA

As the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) comes closer into view, wide and sweeping changes are expected for how Medicare will pay for healthcare services. With these anticipated changes, many questions may be raised about the impact MACRA will have on your practices.
The MaineHealth ACO is here to help you understand what MACRA is, how it may impact your work, and the role we will have in helping to prepare for these changes. In this article, we will cover some foundational information about these subjects. 

In This Issue
WHAT'S HOT: Important Updates

MaineHealth S elects New CMO

MaineHealth has announced the selection of a new chief medical officer for the system.

Dr. Joan D. Boomsma, currently the chief medical officer with Atlantic Medical Group of Morristown, N.J., will join MaineHealth in September. She will replace Dr. Bob McArtor, who came out of retirement to step back into the CMO role on an interim basis.

Helpful Resources and Links to Keep You Informed

Spotlight Webinar Sessions on Patient Centered Medical Home
The New England Quality Innovation Network (New England QIN-QIO) is conducting Webinars on Patient Centered Medical Home this month. Each week, the New England QIN-QIO spotlights a few events that best align with upcoming payment changes and summarize other content that might be of interest and can be accessed at your own leisure.

Progress and Shared Success from the ACO
Best Practices on Improving Diabetic Health Measures
The MaineHealth ACO's Quality & Performance Improvement (Q&PI) recently identified two innovative approaches for increasing quality measures related to Diabetic health. In an effort to share best practices for improvement, the Q&PI team uses their heat map to understand regional quality performance.