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Woodbridge Physician Testifies Before Congress About Medicare’s “Value-Based” Payment Reforms

Woodbridge Physician Testifies Before Congress About Medicare’s “Value-Based” Payment Reforms

On April 19, 2016, Robert M. McLean, MD, FACP, testified on behalf of the American College of Physicians (ACP) before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, to share perspectives on what the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the medical profession itself, needs to do to ensure that the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is implemented successfully.

Dr. McLean is a member of ACP’s Board of Regents, and chair of its Medical Practice and Quality committee. Prior to serving on the Board of Regents, he was the ACP Connecticut Chapter Governor from 2009-13. He practices internal medicine and rheumatology in New Haven with the Northeast Medical Group of the Yale New Haven Health System. “I truly believe that MACRA can be a ‘shot in the arm’ to combat physician burnout, if it is rolled out as Congress intended,” Dr. McLean noted. “MACRA’s laudatory goals can be fulfilled by aligning and simplifying some of the measures and reporting, and providing rewards for involvement with Advanced Payment Models like the Patient Centered Medical Home structure.”

In order to inform all physicians about the possibilities and responsibilities of MACRA, Dr. McLean continued, “it isn’t just up to CMS to ensure that MACRA is implemented successfully; professional associations, including ACP, must do their parts. Our educational efforts include online resources, guides, presentations, articles in our publications, and practical tools.

Dr. McLean lives in Woodbridge with his wife, Cathy Wick, and their 2 sons. In addition to his work with the ACP, he is an active member of the Connecticut State Medical Society and serves an appointment on the state’s Healthcare Innovation Steering Committee.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 143,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.

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