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Is MACRA All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

‘Payment gap’ for docs may grow over time, analyst warns

 WASHINGTON — Physicians are likely to be hurt by the legislation passed to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate reimbursement formula, several experts said at a briefing here Thursday on the Medicare trustees’ report sponsored by the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

“Doctors are going to be livid when they absorb the fact that they spent so much political capital to enact MACRA [the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act] only to find out … that under the current payment system, doctors are going to get paid less; that gap will grow over time,” said Robert Moffit, PhD, senior fellow in the Center for Health Studies at the Heritage Foundation, a right-leaning think tank here. “When they absorb that fact, I think we’re going to see more trouble on Capitol Hill over physician payment.”

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SOURCE: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/Medicare/58737?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-06-24&eun=g735714d0r

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