Archived Webinar: Overview of MACRA for PALTC Practitioners

Recorded December 14, 2016


Rod Baird, MS; Alex Bardakh, MPP; Charles Crecelius, MD, PhD, CMD; Marjorie Kanof, MD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Final Rule outlining the requirements of the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians that was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) on October 14, 2016. Society experts provide an overview of the newly established Merit-Based Payment Incentive System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) that will dictate payment for years to come.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe changes in payment under the QPP.
  • Prepare for reporting under MIPS.
  • Identify ways to participate in APMs.
  • Identify strategies for success QPP participation for PALTC based practices.


1.5 CME, 1.5 CMD management
CME/CMD Credits Available until December 2019

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Speaker Biography:

William “Rod” Baird, MS, has more than 35 years of long-term care (LTC) physician and provider management. He is currently President of GPM, the developer of gEHRiMed™, a Stage 2 ONC certified ambulatory electronic health record for PALTC physicians. Until 2014, he was the President of Extended Care Physicians, a NC/SC based LTC physician group. Earlier in his career, he founded a Home Health Agency which evolved into a complete PALTC service delivery network (homemakers through IRF and LTACH). Mr. Baird is an active member of the Society Public Policy and Quality Measures Committees, NASL HIT Committee, and in the NCPDP LTPAC eRx Workgroup 14. He was selected as a 2012 CMS Innovation Center Advisor working on developing infrastructure for a LTC - PCMH model of care. He is national lecturer and published author on PALTC physician management issues.

Alex Bardakh, MPP, PLC, is the Director of Public Policy & Advocacy for AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Alex oversees the Society’s extensive public policy agenda through advocacy in Congress and numerous Federal Agencies. A graduate from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Political Science/Psychology and Public and Legal Policy, Alex has extensive experience in health policy with a specific focus on areas such as payment models and quality of care initiatives. He has had great success with assembling workgroups that have developed numerous white papers on care transitions and other related issues.

Charles Crecelius, MD, CMD, PhD, is currently the medical director at Willowbrook Medical Center. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Society’s Public Policy Committee and is a Past President of the Society, among his many other leadership positions within the organization.

Marjorie Kanof, MD, joined Health Policy Alternatives in 2011 after 14 years in the federal government. Immediately prior to joining the firm, she was the Managing Director for Health Care at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In that role, she was responsible to Congress for testimonies and reports covering the complete range of health care issues. She also provided leadership for implementation of portions of health care legislation. Before moving to the GAO in 2001, Marjorie worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and held a variety of positions including Deputy Director for Medicare Payment Policies and Deputy Director for Medicare Contractors. In these positions, she provided leadership for development and implementation of Medicare payment policies and related program integrity issues. Before entering government service, Marjorie was the Medicare Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. In that role, she was responsible for developing local medical review policies for several Medicare products and was involved in national committees focused on physician payment. Marjorie's medical background includes both academic and clinical components. She was NIH-funded in the field of immunology. She held a faculty position at the Harvard Medical School and was faculty in pediatric gastroenterology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She trained in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Marjorie earned a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in health care management from the Harvard School of Public Health. She earned her MD from the University of Kansas.

Speaker Disclosures:

All members of the education and online education committees have no financial relationships to disclose. Society staff have no financial relationships to disclose. Speakers of this program have no financial relationships to disclose.