The Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) offers a new special collection of MACRA-related articles, which will aid radiologists during the most significant physician payment policy change in more than 25 years.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) CY2017 Final Rule. After reviewing it, the American College of Radiology (ACR) analyzed the 2,400-page document and posted a radiology-specific summary to give a better idea of what CMS has actually done and how it may affect radiologists.
MACRA enables a shift from the volume-driven care of traditional fee-for-service to a value-driven payment system; however, its implications are far more elaborate. MACRA could prompt a sweeping shift to population-based health care judged by the quality of outcomes and patient experience, while achieving efficiency and lower cost.
Articles in the JACR collection, which will continue to grow in scope and relevance as MACRA expands, include:
- Traditional Payment Models in Radiology: Historical Context for Ongoing Reform, Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR; Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, FACR; Danny R. Hughes, PhD; and Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR
- Alternative Payment Models in Radiology: The Legislative and Regulatory Roadmap for Reform, Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, FACR, Danny R. Hughes, PhD; and Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR
- Can We Score 100 in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System? Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR
- A Roadmap for Value-Based Payments, Giles W. Boland, MB, BS, FACR, and Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR
- Changing Platitudes to Attitudes: Making the Imaging 3.0 Culture Stick, Bibb Allen Jr., MD, FACR
- An Empirical Framework for Breast Screening Bundled Payments, Danny R. Hughes, PhD; Miao Jiang; Geraldine B. McGinty, MD, FACR; Sanjay K. Shetty, MD, MBA; and Richard Duszak Jr., MD, FACR
- The Time for Registry Participation Is Now, Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR
- Providing Higher Value Care Through Population Health Management: What Is the Radiologist’s Role? James A. Brink, MD, FACR