AACU on MACRA: Delay rollout, adjust low-volume threshold

2016-12-06 | , AACU and Urology Times

Based on a partnership with Urology Times, articles from the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) provide updates on legislative processes and issues affecting urologists. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact the AACU government affairs office at 847-517-1050 or info@aacuweb.org for more information.

July 2016 - The American Association of Clinical Urologists submitted comments on the post-SGR Medicare reimbursement program, MACRA, on June 27, 2016. In its comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the AACU expressed concern over a number of provisions that stand to negatively affect urologists in their practice of medicine and increase the cost of medical care.

The AACU strongly opposed the program's aggressive implementation schedule. As currently envisioned, CMS will measure providers' performance beginning Jan. 1, 2017. This timeline does not allow ample time for physicians and other stakeholders to adequately prepare for the changes brought on by these new policies. While the flexibility of choice between alternative payment models (APM) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is a positive change, this choice is fraught with complexity.