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CMS: Meaningful Use for physicians would end in 2017

Physician Practice Insider, May 3, 2016

CMS wants to replace the meaningful use program for physicians with a program that is "far simpler, less burdensome, and more flexible," CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said April 27.

Slavitt and Karen DeSalvo, HHS acting assistant secretary for health and director of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator spoke to media by teleconference as CMS released its proposed rules based on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) passed by Congress last fall.

Under the proposed rules, the meaningful use incentive payment and penalty program created by the 2009 HITECH act, would be replaced by the new Advancing Care Information program for physicians being paid by Medicare.

The meaningful use regulations approved last fall for hospitals and recipients of Medicaid remain unaffected by the MACRA proposed rule, which now enters a 60-day public comment period, CMS officials said.

"The proposal will allow physicians and other clinicians to select the measures that reflect how technology best suits their day-to-day practice and only report on those with multiple paths to success," replacing meaningful use's all-or-nothing attestation process for physicians, Slavitt said.

This article originally appeared on HealthLeaders Media.

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