5 steps to get your hospital’s MACRA strategy off and running


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Anand Krishnaswamy, vice president of Kaufman Hall’s strategic and financial planning practice, makes the case that MACRA readiness should be a priority not only for physicians, but also for hospital boards and executives.

The first performance year of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act is now underway, which will determine Medicare Part B payments in 2019. Although 2017 is designed to be a transition year, providers who dive in now have the opportunity to maximize financial rewards and set themselves up for success down the line.

“The biggest underlying issue is the lack of awareness and engagement by health systems and physician groups,” Mr. Krishnaswamy tells Becker’s. Though many providers are distracted by the uncertainty on Capitol Hill, MACRA and value-based care are likely here to stay — and it’s time for hospitals to craft a strategy.

Mr. Krishnaswamy suggested providers take the following five steps to prepare for MACRA.

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