Though this blog has written recently about meaningful use and the different attitudes towards it, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have hinted at the program ending altogether. According to an article on Internal Medicine News, that organization's Acting Administrator, Andy Slavitt, suggests that changes may be coming this March 25, although he declined to specify exactly what.
The piece does give some possible ideas of what to expect by noting the influence of MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. Under this legislation, CMS will move away from traditional health technology incentive structures. Slavitt said that his organization will make an effort to woo back physicians who have been scared off by previous meaningful use efforts.
"The meaningful use program as it has existed will now be effectively over and replaced with something better," Slavitt said. "Programs that are designed to improve often distract. Done poorly, measures are divorced from how physicians practice and add to the cynicism that the people who build these programs just don't get it," he added later in the piece.
These comments come at the same time that CMS has released some of the numbers surrounding use penalties for last year. A fat sheet states that 209,000 eligible professionals that failed to reach meaningful use standards will receive a "downward payment adjustment" this year under Medicaid. The majority of physicians who receive an adjustment (103,000) will see one as large as $1,000.
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