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New Tool Helps Internists Prepare for the Quality Payment Program

San Diego, March 30, 2017 -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) today launched a new tool to help members prepare for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  The Quality Payment Advisor (QPA) is a web-based tool that will assess practice readiness.

“Using ACP’s Quality Payment Advisor is one of the ways that we think practices should be getting ready for MACRA now,” said Shari Erickson, ACP's vice president, Governmental Affairs and Medical Practice.  “The advisor can help you select the best options for your practice and determine what pace you’ll take for QPP under MACRA in 2017.”

The tool, free to ACP members, uses a systematic approach based on an individual practice’s characteristics, quality measurement experience and quality improvement activities.  The tool will assist practices in determining the best path to take—Merit-Based Incentive Payment System or advanced Alternative Payment Model.

“The most basic part of starting your practice on the path to QPP is determining your payment pathway,” continued Ms. Erickson. “The QPA can tell you where you need to go and will help you determine the steps you need to take in order to ensure your practice gets there successfully.”

More information about the Quality Payment Advisor and a list of the top 10 things that ACP thinks physicians should be doing for the Quality Payment Program in 2017 are available at:  www.acponline.org/macra/.

About the American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States. ACP members include 148,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.