Saturday, January 16, 2016
CMS Promises Meaningful Use Replacement This Year
"In 2016, MU (meaningful use) as it has existed — with MACRA — will now be effectively over and replaced with something better," tweeted Andy Slavitt, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The provocative tweet condensed what Slavitt said that day about the meaningful use program at a healthcare conference in San Francisco, California, sponsored by investment banker J.P. Morgan. Slavitt said CMS was in the process of making the much-reviled program more physician-friendly, with EHR technology built around "individual practice needs, not the needs of the government."
"We have to get the hearts and minds of the physicians back," he said. "I think we lost them."
"In 2016, MU as it has existed-- with MACRA-- will now be effectively over and replaced with something better #JPM16
(1/5) Four themes guiding MACRA implementation on tech post-MU. #healthIT
(2/5) Move away from rewarding USE of tech towards outcomes #healthIT
(3/5) Allow docs to customize goals around THEIR practices so user-centered tech can be developed #healthIT
(4/5) Level the tech playing field with open APIs to allow apps, analytic tools, plug ins and reduce EHR lock #healthIT
(5/5) Interoperability that builds on use cases coming from physicians and patients and fights data blocking #healthIT"