The death of Meaningful Use (MU) will not be mourned by many physicians.
While the overall program drove adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems, which is necessary for information accessibility, the measures required to be reported upon were viewed by many as misguided and not a reflection of the actual practice of medicine.
Also, many of the EMR systems implemented were criticized as being hard to use with limited capabilities to allow information interoperability with other systems.
Regardless of one’s views of MU, CMS is moving on.
With a keen focus on patient outcomes, CMS is looking to new models for reimbursement, such as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation, introduced last year.
CMS is also intent on addressing the lack of interoperable patient record information.
“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.”
Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The MACRA site provides an overview of Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs), which are sure to be popular acronyms to fill the void created by the decline of the use of MU in discussions.
Here is another article on Slavitt’s comments. And another article by HIMSS.
My previous posts on healthcare payment reform are here, here and here.