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Bill to Fight Zika Could Strip HHS of MACRA Funds

Shared by Radhika Narayanan | 1 9 0 | about 3 years ago

With a House bill providing money to fight the Zika virus pending, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may be stripped of funds that it was planning to use for Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) information technology provisions, according to a Morning Consult report.

The report references a letter it obtained from HHS that said the agency plans to use $108 million of its “Nonrecurring Expenses Fund” to invest in “the development of information technology and other systems needed to effectively implement several provisions of MACRA.”

Specifically, the monies would be used to remove all Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards, as well as design and implement the value-based purchasing IT system needed to implement the Merit-Based Incentive Payments (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs), different payment systems for how eligible Medicare providers would be reimbursed under the new law. Improvements to Medicare and Medicaid IT systems and cybersecurity enhancements would also be part of the $108 million used, the letter stated.

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