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Survey: Half of physicians have never heard of MACRA

July 22, 2016

Despite its promise to fundamentally shift how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of care, a recent survey has found that about half of the physicians who took part were unaware of the upcoming update in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, also known as MACRA.

According to the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 2016 Survey, which polled 600 physicians in the United States on their opinions of the update’s implications and the coming changes, just 50% of non-pediatric physicians had heard of MACRA. The survey also found that 21% of self-employed physicians and those working in independently-owned practices reported they there “somewhat familiar” with the law. Among physicians employed by hospitals, health systems or their affiliated medical groups, that figure was 9%.

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