After reading recaps of the July 13 Senate Finance Committee hearing on MACRA, the headlines everywhere focused almost solely on a possible MACRA delay.

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt did admit he was “open” to delaying MACRA’s implementation amid a bunch of industry feedback and questions about provider readiness, but it hardly sounded like the main takeaway from the hearing. In fact, elements of his opening testimony referenced resources that are ready to help rural provider practices adjust to the new requirements. To me, he sounded like a man ready to keep the train rolling on time.

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