URAC Submits MACRA Comments, Calls for Continued Support of Small Practices and Those in Rural and Underserved Communities

In a recent press release from URAC, WASHINGTON, DC – August 22, 2017 – In response to CMS’s 2018 proposed rules for MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), URAC submitted comments calling for continued support of small practices and those in underserved communities enabling stronger participation in MIPS.

In the comment letter, URAC applauds CMS’s continued recognition that eligible clinicians and practices are in variable conditions of preparedness for QPP reporting. For this reason URAC supports CMS’s continued phased implementation of the quality reporting requirements of the QPP.

Under the proposed rule, URAC continues to be recognized by CMS as an accreditor of Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). A PCMH practice certified by URAC will receive full credit under the Improvement Activities (IA) category of the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). URAC’s PCMH Certification program was uniquely designed for practices that are small, rural, and those located in underserved communities that may face resource constraints when pursuing patient-centeredness and coordinated care leading to PCMH Certification. URAC’s stepwise approach to certification supports resource allocation overtime and encourages practice transformation in a manner that fits the unique nature of the practice and the community it serves.

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