Medicare Unveils Far-reaching Overhaul of Doctors' Pay - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Medicare Unveils Far-reaching Overhaul of Doctors' Pay

Posted: Updated:
In this July 30, 2015 file photo, a sign supporting Medicare is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Medicare on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, unveiled a far-reaching overhaul of how it pays doctors and other clinicians. (Photo: AP) In this July 30, 2015 file photo, a sign supporting Medicare is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Medicare on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, unveiled a far-reaching overhaul of how it pays doctors and other clinicians. (Photo: AP)

WASHINGTON (AP)- Medicare on Friday unveiled a far-reaching overhaul of how it pays doctors and other clinicians. Compensation for medical professionals will start taking into account the quality of service - not just quantity.
    
The massive regulation is known as MACRA. It's meant to carry out bipartisan legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last year.
    
MACRA creates two new payment systems, or tracks, for clinicians. The majority of medical professionals billing Medicare - some 600,000 doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and therapists - are affected. Medical practices must decide next year what track they will take.
    
Starting in 2019, clinicians can earn higher reimbursements if they learn new ways of doing business, joining a track that's called Alternative Payment Models. That involves being willing to accept financial risk and reward for performance, reporting quality measures to the government, and using electronic medical records.
    
Advocates say the new system will improve quality and help check costs. But critics say the complicated requirements are overwhelming for solo practitioners.
    
It's going to take time to assess the impact on Medicare's 57 million beneficiaries.
    
The government's premier health insurance program is in the midst of an overhaul in how it pays service providers, trying to shift to a new emphasis on rewarding quality. But it may take years to see whether the new approach can lead to major savings.
    
Medicare's previous congressionally-mandated system for paying doctors proved unworkable. It called for automatic cuts when spending surpassed certain levels, and lawmakers routinely waived those reductions. MACRA was intended as a new beginning.
    
Medicare officials say the change will be gradual, and the agency is requesting additional public comment on Friday's final rule.
    
Officials say they worked to address the concerns of smaller medical practices, by exempting more of them from the new system.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • People at NASA's Visitors Center React to Rocket Launch

    People at NASA's Visitors Center React to Rocket Launch

    Saturday, November 17 2018 6:40 PM EST2018-11-17 23:40:04 GMT
    Saturday, November 17 2018 6:40 PM EST2018-11-17 23:40:19 GMT
    Rocket Launch Wallops Island (Photo WBOC)Rocket Launch Wallops Island (Photo WBOC)
    Rocket Launch Wallops Island (Photo WBOC)Rocket Launch Wallops Island (Photo WBOC)
    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - Did you get up early and watch the launch this morning? Just after 4 am, the Antares Rockets Blasted off from Wallops Island.More
    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - Did you get up early and watch the launch this morning? Just after 4 am, the Antares Rockets Blasted off from Wallops Island. More
  • Man Arrested for DUI After Three Car Crash in Centreville

    Man Arrested for DUI After Three Car Crash in Centreville

    Saturday, November 17 2018 5:37 PM EST2018-11-17 22:37:46 GMT
    Saturday, November 17 2018 5:39 PM EST2018-11-17 22:39:58 GMT
    CENTREVILLE, Md.- Maryland State Police say a 28-year-old Centerville man is facing charges after allegedly driving under the influence and causing a car accident late Friday night. Police say around 11:48 p.m. on Friday, troopers were dispatched to RouteMore
    CENTREVILLE, Md.- Maryland State Police say a 28-year-old Centerville man is facing charges after allegedly driving under the influence and causing a car accident late Friday night. Police say around 11:48 p.m. on Friday, troopers were dispatched to RouteMore
  • Dover Police Investigating Shots Fired Incident

    Dover Police Investigating Shots Fired Incident

    Saturday, November 17 2018 5:21 PM EST2018-11-17 22:21:54 GMT
    Saturday, November 17 2018 5:21 PM EST2018-11-17 22:21:54 GMT
    (Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)
    (Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)
    DOVER, Del.- Police in Dover are investigating a shots fired complaint that occurred in a parking lot Friday night. According to the Dover Police Department, around 8:50 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of Willis Road where they discovered an abanMore
    DOVER, Del.- Police in Dover are investigating a shots fired complaint that occurred in a parking lot Friday night. According to the Dover Police Department, around 8:50 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of Willis Road where they discovered an abanMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Millsboro Man Found Shot to Death

    UPDATE: Millsboro Man Found Shot to Death

    Thursday, November 17 2016 12:11 PM EST2016-11-17 17:11:44 GMT
    Thursday, November 17 2016 11:52 PM EST2016-11-18 04:52:10 GMT

    Police are conducting a death investigation in Millsboro after a man was found dead on a road.

    More

    Police are conducting a death investigation in Millsboro after a man was found dead on a road.

    More
  • Successful Antares Launch from Wallops Island

    Successful Antares Launch from Wallops Island

    Saturday, November 17 2018 4:20 AM EST2018-11-17 09:20:25 GMT
    Saturday, November 17 2018 4:20 AM EST2018-11-17 09:20:25 GMT
    An unmanned cargo rocket successfully blasted off from NASA Wallops Flight Facility to the International Space Station Saturday morning after being postponed twice due to a poor weather forecast.More
    An unmanned cargo rocket successfully blasted off from NASA Wallops Flight Facility to the International Space Station Saturday morning after being postponed twice due to a poor weather forecast. More
  • New Toll Road to Open on U.S. Route 301 at Delaware State Line

    New Toll Road to Open on U.S. Route 301 at Delaware State Line

    Friday, November 16 2018 6:19 PM EST2018-11-16 23:19:54 GMT
    Friday, November 16 2018 6:19 PM EST2018-11-16 23:19:54 GMT
    MIDDLETOWN, Del. --- The U.S. Route 301 Mainline Project is beginning to wrap up work and lead to the state's first cashless toll road opening in December. The new U.S. Route 301 bypass will take drivers around Middletown and connect them directly to DelaMore
    MIDDLETOWN, Del. --- The U.S. Route 301 Mainline Project is beginning to wrap up work and lead to the state's first cashless toll road opening in December. The new U.S. Route 301 bypass will take drivers around Middletown and connect them directly to DelaMore
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices