In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final piece of guidance for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), we’ve submitted our take on how CMS should implement the concept of virtual groups “to clinically benefit patients and to encourage collaboration.”
(In case you missed it, here is everything you need to know about MACRA and its final rule.)
We believe independent provider-led initiatives like virtual groups should be at the forefront of CMS’ strategy for implementing MACRA. In our post, we discuss how this provision benefits the independent clinicians attempting to navigate the complexities of reimbursement reform by allowing providers to collaborate and pool resources without sacrificing their independence.
Beyond our excitement for virtual groups, we also detail specific suggestions for how CMS should implement these groups, including the metrics which should be utilized to demonstrate the effectiveness of virtual groups and their impact on care quality and health outcomes.