Medicare’s new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime the government has used for the past five years to judge whether the providers deserve to be rewarded for using electronic health records.
But that doesn’t mean Medicare will no longer hold physicians accountable for incorporating information technology into the practice of medicine. And physicians may still struggle to clear the bar, even though the law and the proposed rule issued by the CMS have made significant efforts to make the new framework less rigid and more valuable.
Under the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act, the CMS will roll the new IT metrics, to be dubbed Advancing Care Information, into a new unified incentive payment system for most physicians.
The IT part, accounting for 25% of physicians’ overall score, emphasizes interoperability, information exchange and security. It also makes an effort to reorient how Medicare gauges the success of IT toward how useful it is to clinicians and patients, including through the required use of application program interfaces, commonly known as APIs, which regulators said should make it easier for patients to access their health information.Read More On www.modernhealthcare.com