Understanding MACRA and the Impact of Medication Use on Quality Payment Program Performance Measures - Nexus 2017

ACPE UAN #:  0233-9999-17-046-H04-P

Release Date:  October 17, 2017

Expiration Date:  October 17, 2020

Activity Type:    Knowledge-based

Contact HoursPhysicians: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ | Nurses: 1.5 contact hours |  Pharmacists: 1.5 contact hours 

Activity Fee:  Member:  Free        Non-Member: $30

Target Audience: Pharmacists who practice in managed care settings, physicians, and nurses.

Activity overview

As part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), providers have two options to participate in Part B that will determine how they are reimbursed through the new

Quality Payment Program—Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The focus of these reimbursement programs is to improve the quality of care for some of America’s most vulnerable individuals. How does this program work? What providers qualify for the program? What types of quality outcomes are being measured? 

This session will provide an overview of MACRA and an in-depth review of the Quality Payment Program. In addition, the session will discuss how healthcare teams are working together to influence the quality of patient care and utilize alternative payment models today. This session is ideal for all health team members, and individuals involved with managing medical benefit programs, as well as pharmacy benefit programs with accountability for medical expenditures. 

Learning Objectives:  

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

1. Summarize the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 law and regulations.

2. Explain the Quality Payment Program including Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

3. Discuss the future of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and the potential impact on payers.

4. Describe the impact of team-based medication management on QPP performance measures affected by the effective and safe use of medications.

Schedule of Educational Activity

This activity consists of an audio recording, pre-test assessment questions (not required to pass or continue), post-test questions (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher) and a specific activity evaluation. 

CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this home study activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at AMCP Nexus 2017. 

CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account.

To receive credit for an online activity you must:

  •  Review the full content of the activity.
  •  Successfully complete the post-test (required to pass with a score of 70% or higher, it may be taken a maximum of three times).
  •  Complete a specific activity evaluation.

System Technical Requirements/Viewing Requirements: System Requirements Courses and learning activities are delivered via your Web browser and Acrobat PDF. For all activities, you should have a basic comfort level using a computer and navigating websites.  View the minimum technical and system requirements for continuing education online learning activities.


The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

As an accredited provider, AMCP strictly adheres to the ACPE Standards for Commercial Support and other relevant guidelines and standards to ensure the independence of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities.  It is AMCP’s intent that all CPE activities be independent, objective, balanced, evidence-based and free of any commercial bias.

Physicians:  PRIME Education, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians    

Nurses:   PRIME Education, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Stephanie Forbes, PharmD | Pharmacy Director, The Medication Management Center | The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy | Tucson, Arizona

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-9999-17-046-H04-P 1.5 Contact Hours October 17, 2017 - October 17, 2020