Free webinar will help nurses understand MACRA basics

November 30, 2016

Sign up for Dec. 7 event to learn about changes to Medicare Part B payments

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — Advanced practice nurses and healthcare clinicians can learn the basics of the new Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) by attending the free webinar “MACRA 101 for APRNs” from 1-2 p.m. ET Dec. 7.

This webinar will help clinicians understand the heavily weighted quality reporting requirements that could impact their reimbursement.

The event will be hosted by and, two premier healthcare brands of OnCourse Learning.

“Though the MACRA system begins in 2019, payment changes will be based on data submitted in 2017,” said Jennifer Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, the executive director for nursing, medicine and pharmacy education for OnCourse Learning. “Preparing for the new quality payment program now can help providers avoid negative payment adjustments in 2019.”

The live webinar is designed for advanced practice nurses, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners and registered nurses.

Among the topics to be discussed will be the following:

  • Eligibility and timelines.
  • Paths for payment information, including APMs and MIPS.
  • Performance categories.
  • Data collection and reporting.
  • Best methods of preparation.

“It is extremely important to understand the new terms and payment structures and how this will impact reimbursements as a provider,” Mensik said. “Clinicians must know which program — either the merit-based incentive program or the advanced alternative payment model – they should or are able to participate in beginning Jan. 1.”

Attending the webinar will help participants:

  • Describe what MACRA is and why the Medicare Part B payment structure changed.
  • Explain the difference between the merit-based incentive payment system and the alternative payment models.
  • Articulate what performance data needs to be collected.

To sign up for the free “MACRA 101 for APRNs” webinar, visit the registration page.

Meet the webinar speaker

Elizabeth Arend, MPH, is the quality improvement advisor for the National Council for Behavioral Health. She works with internal staff, external stakeholders and direct care providers to oversee and ensure infusion of clinical best practices for all training and technical assistance projects.

Arend is responsible for conceptualization and development of clinical and quality improvement products, monitoring data trends for practice improvement projects and informing strategy to achieve positive outcomes. and are trusted sources of CE content for millions of professionals every year, providing original and unbiased courses on thousands of healthcare-related topics for 20 healthcare professions. Their parent company OnCourse Learning is the largest provider of interprofessional CE content with Joint Accreditation status, which serves the three largest professions in healthcare: nursing, medicine and pharmacy. To learn more, visit and Healthcare employers can provide access to the same interprofessional CE content through OnCourse Learning’s corporate solution, CE Direct. To learn more, visit

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