MACRA and the Quality Payment Program: How Does It Relate to Orthopaedic Nursing?

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Abstract

The introduction of 2017 also brought with it the beginning of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) legislation related to the Quality Payment Program (QPP), in addition to alternative payment models and the merit-based incentive payment system. The successful implementation of the QPP within the specialty of orthopaedics will rely heavily on the active involvement of orthopaedic nurses when it comes to improving quality, lowering costs, and incorporating value. It is important for orthopaedic nurses to understand the QPP and the role it plays in determining value-based payment of orthopaedic care delivery, in addition to how the structure of the QPP correlates with nursing diagnoses and respective plans of care delivery.

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