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CMS proposes overhaul of Meaningful Use Program*

CMS proposes overhaul of Meaningful Use Program*

May 3, 2018

In the recently released 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is advancing an overhaul of the Meaningful Use (MU) program to improve flexibility, reduce physician burdens and advance health-information exchange and patient access measures.

To better reflect this new focus, CMS is renaming the MU program the Promoting Interoperability Program. The AMA has advocated many of the proposed changes and supports CMS' general direction of narrowing the MU program requirements and focusing  on interoperability. Proposed changes include:

  • Continuous 90-day electronic health record (EHR) reporting periods in 2019 and 2020.
  • A new scoring methodology focused on performance rather than thresholds.
  • New bonus measures for 2019, including "Query of a prescription drug-monitoring program (PDMP)" and "Verify Opioid Treatment Agreement."
  • Removal of a number of the most challenging MU measures, including required collection of patient-generated health data (PGHD) and the view, download and transmit (V/D/T) measure.

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*AMA Advocacy Update

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