Recently, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acting Administrator Andy Slavitt addressed the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and how physicians are the driving force behind many changes coming to Medicare reimbursement.

Slavitt said that CMS is trying to reverse a “pattern of regulations and frustration and ultimately unleashing a new wave of collaboration between the people who spend their lives taking care of us and those of us whose job it is to support that cause.”

As the health care system transitions to a new care and payment delivery system under MACRA, physicians understandably have questions about how this process is going to work.

To help physicians get answers to their questions, the California Medical Association (CMA) is offering a free one-hour webinar on MACRA on Wednesday, July 13, at 12:15 p.m. The webinar, "MACRA: What is CMA Doing to Improve It? What Steps Can You Take to Prepare Now?" will provide a brief overview of the new MACRA payment changes, with an emphasis on what CMA is doing to improve MACRA regulations for physicians. This webinar will also discuss what physicians can do now to be ready for the major changes ahead.

AMA also offers a number of resources to help physicians prepare for the coming payment policies including:

ACCMA has resources available on the ACCMA MACRA page, and will continue to advocate on behalf of the physician community as the new changes afforded by MACRA begin to be implemented.

For questions, or assistance, contact the ACCMA at 510-654-5383 or