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Better Medicare Alliance Statement on MACRA Proposed Rule


Contact: Adjoa Adofo, 202-735-0037

Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2016) – Better Medicare Alliance President and CEO Allyson Y. Schwartz released the following statement in response to the proposed rule regarding Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today:

“As the leading advocacy organization for Medicare Advantage, the Better Medicare Alliance (BMA) is encouraged to see proposed regulations intended to move Traditional Fee-for-Service Medicare payments towards a value-based reimbursement system that prioritizes quality and promotes coordinated care. We recognize this action as an important step in defining options in alternative payment models for clinicians that rewards quality, expects accountability, and incentivizes value over volume.

“As a coalition that includes provider associations, hospital systems, clinical groups, plans and beneficiaries, BMA has a thorough understanding of how value-based models in Medicare Advantage are improving care. We look forward to offering experience and guidance, as appropriate, on the interaction between alternative payment models in fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage to ensure the success of the shared goal of high quality, valued-based care for Medicare beneficiaries.

“BMA will monitor the process, evaluate the impact on providers, plans, and beneficiaries as well as offer input to ensure that these rules not only move fee for service Medicare in this new direction but strengthens and sustains the option of Medicare Advantage.”