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CMS to Change Name and Overhaul Meaningful Use Program

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 4:34 PM

CMS is overhauling and streamlining the meaningful use Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. The program will be renamed Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program. The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance category will also be renamed to “Promoting Interoperability” performance category. The move continues their commitment to promoting and prioritizing interoperability of health care data.

 “We seek to ensure the health care system puts patients first,” said Administrator Seema Verma. “Today’s proposed rule demonstrates our commitment to patient access to high quality care while removing outdated and redundant regulations on providers. We envision a system that rewards value over volume and where patients reap the benefits through more choices and better health outcomes. Secretary Azar has made such a value-based transformation in our health care system a top priority for HHS, and CMS is taking important, concrete steps toward achieving it.”

CMS plans to change the EHR Incentive Programs in the following ways:

  • Make the program more flexible and less burdensome
  • Emphasize measures that require the exchange of health information between providers and patients
  • Incentivize providers to make it easier for patients to obtain their medical records electronically

The proposed rule also introduces changes to Medicare payment policy rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS).

Click here for the full press release.

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