With many of MACRA’s specifics now left to the rule-making process, it’s still largely “a creature devoid of form,” Dr. Greeno said. Hospitalists and SHM can make a difference largely because of their roles within systems, he said. “We are trying to actually make things better,” he added. “We’re always looking for a better way to do things.”
Joining SHM’s Grassroots Network, which can involve something as simple as sending a pre-written letter to Washington, D.C.–based legislators, can be a big help. “You know what?” Dr. Greeno said. “This stuff actually has an impact.”
Tresa McNeal, MD, a hospitalist at Baylor Scott & White Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving Texas communities, said she was motivated by the speakers’ remarks.
“It’s really good to know that we have people representing us from SHM to [not only] help us learn about these issues but also represent us,” Dr. McNeal said. “I think it makes me want to be part of the grassroots initiative, just realizing that there’s power in numbers.” TH
Thomas R. Collins is a freelance writer in South Florida.