May 27, 2016

MACRAs Impact Seen on ACR 2016 Twitter Feed

How far and wide did messages about new payment models for radiology reach through the Twittersphere during ACR 2016?

One session alone generated more than 5.2 million Twitter impressions (potential number of people who read the content) from 130 participants (each averaging about 10 tweets) and produced informative curated excerpts.

Reaching Millions
The impressive reach resulted from the May 19 session, “From PQRS to MIPS: What You Need to Know About New Payment Models for Radiology.” The session was moderated by Geraldine McGinty, MBA, MD, FACR, during a takeover of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Twitter account. Presenters Ezequiel Silva, MD, FACR, RCC, and Gregory Nicola, MD, discussed “A Post-SGR Guide to New Value-Based and Quality-Based Reimbursement Model.”

The session provided radiologists with information on the current value-based payment programs for imaging, explained the MACRA legislation and the College’s response to it and offered strategies for radiologists to succeed in the future Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models.

Providing Curated Content
Given the topic’s importance, curated excerpts from the Twitter discussion are provided—including some of the presenters’ slides that cover:
  • MIPS Performance Categories
    • Quality
    • Cost
    • Clinical Practice Improvement Activities
    • Advancing Care Information
  • Patient relationship codes
  • Episode Groups
  • CMS’ definition of patient-facing versus non-patient facing clinicians
  • Advance alternative payment models 
  • Physician-focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee 
  • How MACRA performance in 2017 under MIPS will affect 2019 payment 
  • Why MACRA legislation encourages the use of qualified clinical data registries
  • How to get email updates from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Offering Related Resources
During ACR 2016—The Crossroads of Radiology®, more than 1,000 individuals (double that of 2015) took to Twitter to comment on sessions, engage with other attendees, ask questions and amplify the voice of radiology—reaching 38.4 million impressions (a five-fold increase from ACR 2015).

If interested in the meeting content, the ACR 2016 Virtual Meeting offers access to more than 100 hours of archived ACR 2016—The Crossroads of Radiology® content (including full-motion video of slides with audio).