Changes to “Meaningful Use”
CMS proposes to replace Meaningful Use with “Promoting Interoperability” Program with an aim to reduce redundancies and provide patients access to quality healthcare. The main goal of highlighting Interoperability as a fundamental feature is to ensure that the hospitals and providers are technologically and policy-wise equipped to help create a seamless flow of health data information between themselves and the patients.
What does the rule state?
Starting 2019, hospitals are required to have patient’s electronic health record available on the day they leave the hospital.
The proposed rule emphasizes providers to use the 2015 edition of certified electronic health record technology in 2019 as part of demonstrating meaningful use in order to qualify for incentive payments and avoid reductions in Medicare payments.
We envision a system that rewards value over volume and where patients reap the benefits through more choices and better health outcomes,” added Seema Verma, administrator of CMS. “Secretary Azar has made such a value-based transformation in our healthcare system a top priority for HHS, and CMS is taking important, concrete steps toward achieving it.”