The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) opened the way for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to streamline the quality improvement and healthcare information technology programs built over the past several years. The MACRA program reorients Medicare reimbursement towards quality measures through the application of bonus payments tied to specific metrics. By taking this step, CMS further advances the focus on reimbursement tied to value rather than volume.
For the MACRA program to be effective, patient data from numerous of points of care must be collected to generate the appropriate metrics used by the incentive system. The current lack of effective interoperability presents a substantial barrier to producing these quality metrics.