Public Law 114-10: Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015
Full text of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, commonly referred to as MACRA. MACRA seeks to transition healthcare from fee-for-service to value-based care by repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replacing it with the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The QPP streamlines data collection efforts and rewards providers based on value instead of volume through the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs).
Date: 04/2015 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: U.S. Congress view details
Sole Community Hospitals: Early Indications Show That TRICARE's Revised Reimbursement Rules Have Not Affected Access to Care
Reports on the impact of a January 2014 revision to TRICARE's reimbursement for Sole Community Hospitals (SCHs), which serve primarily rural areas. The new TRICARE reimbursement rules approximate Medicare's for these hospitals. Looks at the impact of revised SCH reimbursement on healthcare access for servicemembers and their dependents. Findings based on claims data, as well as interviews with 10 SCHs and with national stakeholders. Appendices include information on SCHs with a high number of TRICARE admissions.
Date: 04/2015 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office view details
The Future of Rural Behavioral Health
Policy paper discussing the unique challenges of providing
behavioral healthcare services in rural areas. Includes
policy recommendations and interventions related to
workforce development, reimbursement and financing,
integration of care, and the use of technology in
delivering behavioral healthcare.
Author(s): Will Wilson, Angela Bangs, Tammy Hatting Date: 02/2015 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association view details
Developmental Strategies and Challenges of Rural Accountable Care Organizations
Reports information gathered from 4 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) serving rural Medicare beneficiaries in 2013. Highlights lessons learned, opportunities for success, and challenges observed by the ACOs.
Author(s): Jure Baloh, A. Clinton MacKinney, Keith Mueller, et al. Date: 02/2015 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis view details
CPC Practice Spotlights
A collection of short features on primary care practices that participated in the CMS Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative, a multi-payer initiative that offered population-based care management fees and shared savings opportunities to participating practices. Includes examples of practices serving rural areas.
Date: 01/2015 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services view details