Less than a year ago, it was being reported that Stage 3 Meaningful Use was what every physician practice and hospital would be doing in 2018 and beyond. But just recently, Andy Slavitt and Karen DeSalvo of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) explained there will be a new regulatory framework that would focus more on care than on clicks. More details on these coming changes at HIMSS16 conference in Las Vegas from February 29th through March 4th.
As reported on Microwize Technology’s website, Stage 3 Meaningful Use rules included thresholds for electronic prescription writing, electronic lab and imaging orders, electronic patient secure messaging and electronic patient record transmittal and required eligible professionals (EP) to boost patient engagement by meeting two of the three below requirements:
- Providing patients with access to their own records
- Collecting patient-generated health data
- Offering secure messaging between patients and providers
One of the determining factors in causing this change was the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA, which holds quality, cost and medical practice improvements as key aspects when resolving how Medicare payments are allotted.
Slavitt and DeSalvo wrote, “While MACRA also continues to require that physicians be measured on their meaningful use of certified EHR technology for purposes of determining their Medicare payments it provides a significant opportunity to transition the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for physicians towards the reality of where we want to go next.”
In a few months time it is expected that further details will be released. A new set of priorities that reward providers for the outcomes they’re able to achieve for their patients has been assured. Slavitt and DeSalvo added a reminder about MACRA stating that it only addresses Medicare physician and clinician payment adjustments and that hospitals have a different set of requirements. They stated, “We will continue to explore ways to align with principles we outlined above as much as possible for hospitals and the Medicaid program.”