Starting on January 1, 2019, clinical social workers who are Medicare providers will be required to participate in the new Quality Payment Program established under the Medicare Access and Children Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
The Quality Payment Program (referred to as “MACRA”) replaces the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), which ended on December 31, 2016. The Quality Payment Program is designed to be flexible and transparent, and decreases the burden of participation for clinical social workers and other Medicare providers. The new program offers special incentives for those participating in innovative models of care and preserves the independent clinical fee-for-service practice.
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