The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) radically changes the way Medicare pays physicians and other advanced clinicians starting in 2019 based on 2017 performance. Previously, IT leaders may have played a peripheral role in support of separate quality reporting programs, but the new program will require a coordinated effort with IT leaders at the helm of that initiative.

Although 836,000 providers nationwide will be impacted by MACRA, a recent survey of non-primary care physicians found that 50 percent do not know what the law is. Of those providers that did know about MACRA, 32 percent of those surveyed knew it only by name. This is a problem for health care organizations generally and also for IT leaders.

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