July 29, 2016

ACR Members Appointed to Key CMS MACRA Committee

Ezequiel Silva, MD, FACR, Gregory Nicola, MD, and Joshua Hirsch, MD, FACR — all experienced members of the American College of Radiology (ACR) leadership team — have been appointed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Episode Care Groups and Resource Use Measures Clinical Committee.

Convened by CMS, the MACRA Episode Care Groups and Resource Use Measures Clinical Committee will provide clinical input on the specifications for the care episode and patient condition groups that will be used as the basis for episode-based, risk-adjusted resource use measures suitable for use in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

The appointments followed their nominations by the ACR and American Society of Neuroradiology.

Silva is a diagnostic and interventional radiologist in San Antonio, chair of the ACR Commission on Economics, member of the ACR’s MACRA Committee and recently appointed panel member for the American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Value Update Committee (RUC). He led his group practice to successful reporting of quality programs including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) since the program’s inception in 2007. He has written numerous articles and lectured extensively on MACRA.

Nicola practices neuroradiology in New Jersey. He is the vice president of Hackensack Radiology Group and serves as chair of the ACR MACRA Committee. Nicola has been a thought leader on MACRA since its inception. Before MACRA, he was an early adopter of quality programs, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the ACR Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) and meaningful use (MU). He has written numerous publications and lectured extensively on MACRA with an emphasis on MIPS.

Hirsch practices neuro-interventional radiology. He is chair of the ACR Economics Committee on Economic Issues in Academic Radiology and is also a member of the MACRA Committee. He recognizes the importance of measure development and has recently published articles that highlight the evolution toward value-based medicine and the opportunities it provides for radiologists. He has recently published multiple articles and has lectured on topics related to the MACRA and other health care policy and economic topics.