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Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 Jul;37(7):1079-1086. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2017.1485.

Physician Perspectives In Year 1 Of MACRA And Its Merit-Based Payment System: A National Survey.

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1
Joshua M. Liao ( joshliao@uw.edu ) is associate medical director for contracting and value-based care, director of the UW Medicine Value and Systems Science Lab, and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Washington, in Seattle, and an adjunct senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia.
2
Judy A. Shea is a professor in the Department of Medicine and associate dean of medical education research, Perelman School of Medicine, and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
3
Arlene Weissman is director of the Research Center, American College of Physicians, in Philadelphia.
4
Amol S. Navathe is a core investigator at the Corporal Michael J. Cresencz Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, in Philadelphia, and an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania.

Abstract

We surveyed a national sample of internal medicine physicians in March-May 2017 to explore their beliefs about the newly implemented Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Respondents believed that their efforts in the four focus areas identified in the survey would ultimately improve the value of care. When informed that those areas represented the four MIPS domains, the majority remained positive about the likely impact on value. However, expectations varied by physicians' characteristics and sense of control over the desired outcomes, and many respondents believed that unintended consequences could occur. Moreover, respondents generally reported low familiarity with the policy and disagreed with program guidelines for weighting domains in the composite score. These findings indicate the need to educate physicians about MIPS and suggest potentially fruitful approaches. Moving forward, policy makers should monitor for unintended consequences and explore ways to better align program guidelines with physicians' perspectives.

KEYWORDS:

Medicare; Physician Payment; Physicians

PMID:
29985697
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.2017.1485
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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