“MACRA represents the most significant change to Medicare's physician payment system in a generation, and the AMA is working to help physicians navigate this change and make sure they are prepared for it,” said Dr. Andrew Gurman, AMA president.
The new resources unveiled Wednesday include the AMA payment model evaluator, which involves doctors or their staff assessing their type of practices. The online questionnaire directs them to the best MACRA payment model.
Under MACRA, providers will use either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, known as MIPS, or an alternative payment model.
Since CMS has released limited information on which APMs comply with MACRA, the tool will continually update as those announcements are made, Gurman said on a call with reporters Wednesday.
The news comes as CMS revealed it too was looking to develop a tool to help practices anticipate the impact of a MIPS or a compliant APM. The CMS was not involved with AMA's tool, trade group officials said.
The medical group will also provide a tool called AMA Steps Forward, which involved strategies that focus on a specific MACRA-related challenges and offers tips for implementation, case studies, and downloadable tools and resources.
The AMA has also launched a ReachMD podcast series that addressed the new payment models. Andy Slavitt, acting CMS administrator, and others are featured on the series, which will include five episodes.