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SCCT Signs-On to AMA Letter Urging Improvements to MACRA
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SCCT Signs-On to AMA Letter Urging Improvements to MACRA

The American Medical Association, the SCCT and numerous medical societies co-signed a letter to House and Senate majority and minority leaders urging Congress to implement positive payment adjustments for physicians to replace the payment freeze over the next six years, extend the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) bonus payments for an additional six years, and implement several additional technical improvements to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  

While MACRA included modest positive payment updates in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, it left a six-year gap from 2020 through 2025 during which there are no updates at all. Following this six-year freeze, the law specifies physician payment updates of 0.75 and 0.25 percent for physicians participating in APMs or Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), respectively. By contrast, other Medicare providers will continue to receive regular, more stable updates.  

The letter also recommends several additional technical improvements to MACRA that could be implemented to simplify MIPS and make reporting more clinically meaningful for physicians.

View the full letter here.