Academy leaders from around the nation converged in Kansas City recently for the AAFP’s annual gathering of chapter leaders and special constituencies representatives.
The AAFP used the event to formally launch a major educational effort on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) aimed at helping Academy members make the transition to the new payment model. Known as MACRA Ready, AAFP’s program is an expanding collection of information, resources and tools.
MACRA will affect Medicare payments to physicians in three ways: it repeals the old SGR-based fee schedule, consolidates three existing quality reporting programs (and adds a new one) into one system, and uses a new payment approach for rewarding physicians for providing higher quality care. Although the system will officially begin in 2019, quality performance in 2017 may be used to determine a physician’s payments in the first year of the program.
The AAFP will be continually adding to MACRA Ready, so members should check back at the site for the latest updates.
In other news related to the conference, NCAFP Minority Constituency Director Dr. Benjamin Simmons of Charlotte, was elected to two key roles within the AAFP’s Special Constituencies section. Dr. Simmons was elected co-convener for the GLBT constituency for the 2017 AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders, and as an Alternate Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates in 2016. Congratulations!