The purpose of this research was to study MACRA (Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act) and to determine how its implementation would financially impact rural hospitals. Although the long-term effects of MACRA have not been able to be studied, MACRA has the prospective to negatively impact rural hospitals financially. MACRA has potential risks and benefits for physicians associated with its two reimbursement payment methods. The estimated negative reimbursements and set reductions to hospital reimbursement have supported the idea that physicians and all healthcare organizations need to be aware and prepared for MACRA.
Kelley, E., Lipscomb, R., Valdez, J., Coustasse, A. (2018, April). MACRA and rural hospitals. PowerPoint slides presented at the 54th Annual MBAA Conference, Chicago, IL.