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MACRA survey results

LHP recently asked practices to complete a Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) impact survey. The goal was to give LHP some insight into how prepared network providers feel in terms of their practices’ ability to respond to MACRA requirements so that LHP could tailor support services most beneficial to providers. Here is a summary of the survey results:
  • 37 practices completed the survey – 11 primary care and 26 specialty
  • About 40% of respondents feel that their practice is in good shape for MACRA. They have a solid understanding of the program and have already made some choices about participation and reporting for the 2017 performance year.
  • About 30% of respondents feel unprepared for MACRA in the sense that they are not familiar with the program and not sure if they are impacted.
  • The remaining 30% of respondents lie somewhere in the middle. They reported having an adequate understanding of the program but have yet to make any readiness plans and are unsure how to report.

The survey highlighted several areas of interest and/or concern from LHP practices:
  • Many requested information regarding program exclusions and how to know if they are excluded from participating
  • Practices are seeking guidance on how others are dealing with MACRA and what they need to do throughout the year to stay on track to meet MACRA requirements 
  • Some practices are concerned about the resources and staff required to succeed in MACRA and expressed interest in getting assistance with reporting and data submission
  • Practices also would like guidance on which track (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System or Alternative Payment Model) is appropriate for their practice and how it impacts their participation in MACRA

Using the survey results, LHP is now in the process of developing MACRA Subscription Services comprising offerings and resources most beneficial to LHP practices. These services will include MACRA-oriented assessments, consultations and assistance to promote success in the program. Watch for more details in the coming months.

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