Recently there has been a lot of chatter and questions being asked in health care settings regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"): will the Affordable Care Act be repealed? Will most of the law remain unchanged? Or will only some parts of the law remain in place?
According to a recent WebMD survey:
- 43% of doctors believe the law should be kept, but improvements should be made.
- 36% of doctors believe the law should be repealed, but some aspects of it should be used in a replacement law.
- 18% of doctors believe the law should be repealed and replaced with a new one.
- 3% of doctors believe Obamacare should be kept as is.
While it remains to be seen what changes will happen we do know any changes to the Affordable Care Act will take time and will not happen immediately. Another question has been asked about MACRA. If there are changes to the Affordable Care Act, what will happen to MACRA?
It's important to note that MACRA does not fall under the Affordable Care Act. In fact, MACRA is completely separate and was almost unanimously approved by Congress. However, under MACRA, because 2017 MIPS is transitional, there will be updates that are certain to happen. These updates are expected and in no way will signify changes to the Affordable Care Act have been made or are imminent.
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