“Right now, we're at the front end of all these new changes, and as we experience them over time we're going to find solutions,” AMGA CEO Donald Fisher said. The trade association, formerly called the American Medical Group Association, represents practices that include 170,000 physicians.
The CEO Power Panel surveys executives and leaders of hospitals, insurance companies, physician groups, trade associations and other not-for-profit advocacy groups. Of 117 queries sent, 93 responded to Modern Healthcare's third-quarter survey on MACRA, physician engagement and physician burnout.
The survey and follow-up interviews found wide variation in attitudes about how to proceed with MACRA amid varying levels of preparedness among physicians. The quality and efficiency of their care will be judged based on data collected starting in January even though the penalties and rewards under the law's two payment tracks won't kick in until 2019.
Respondents were split almost evenly when asked whether the CMS should delay that initial reporting period by a year. About 56% of respondents said yes, while the rest disagreed. Some who opposed waiting another year suggested delaying would be futile.