Is it really the end of Meaningful Use? According to Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), it’s time for a change in incentive programs and 2016 may be the year for it. Alternative Payment Models and Merit-based Incentive Payments (MIPS) as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) may be replacing the complicated layers of requirements in Stage 1, 2, and 3 of Meaningful Use.
While CMS works on rolling out a new set of regulations, you may be wondering if this will ease the lingering pain of the past years. Will the program be easier to understand, navigate, and comply with?
First, let’s do a quick review:
CMS’s Meaningful Use Incentive program was rolled out in 2011 to incentivize eligible professionals and hospitals to adopt electronic health records (EHRs).
The goal was three-fold:
Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
Increase patient engagement and satisfaction
Improve care coordination, and population and public health
Stage 1 dealt with data capture and sharing, Stage 2 focused on advance clinical processes, and Stage 3 was to bring us to improving healthcare outcomes.
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