The Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Andy Slavitt, informed investors attending the J.P. Morgan Health Care Conference that CMS will be pulling back from the health care IT incentive program in the coming months of 2016. According to Andy “the meaningful use program as it has existed will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.” That “something better” will be an aggregated program with quality measures that are more evidence based, over process based.
CMS feels that they have lost the interest of the Physicians due to the previous meaningful use incentive program efforts. “We have to get the hearts and minds back,” said Slavitt. CMS has noticed this disconnection and are on a mission to redeem themselves and win back the Physicians. The new aim is to have health care technology serve beneficiaries and the physicians who serve them.
You may have experienced the frustration and pressure of meaningful use as the program was designed to improve, however, the results have been more of distraction than improvement. CMS has noticed your frustrations and heard your complaints and has realized that something must be done. Instead of being rewarded for using technology, you will soon be rewarded for successful patient outcomes through the incentive pay systems created by last year’s Medicare Access and CHIP Re authorization (MACRA). This means you will now have a choice to choose systems that work best according to your practice’s respective needs. As CMS moves forward with replacing the existing meaningful use incentive program, interoperability will remain significant in the new program to keep data secure for all practices. Interoperability continue to be a must for all practices, “We’re deadly serious about interoperability. Technology companies that look for ways to practice data blocking in opposition to new regulations will find that it will not be tolerated,” said Andy Slavitt.
There is more news to come about meaningful use and the improved replacement program, and now is the time to partner with a RCM organization that can help your practice stay ahead of the game. Consult with a RCM or Practice Success consultant today to learn more about the changes with meaningful use and see how Intuitive Solutions can help bring your practice success in 2016!