Meaningful Use Program Is Ending, CMS Chief Says
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Friday, January 22, 2016 12:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to end the Meaningful Use program, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavic, MBA, said.

"The meaningful use program as it has existed will now effectively be over and be replaced with something better," Slavitt said at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. The specifics of the new program will be revealed in the next few months, he added.

"Now that we effectively have technology in virtually every place care is provided, we are now in the process of ending Meaningful Use and moving to a new regime culminating with the MACRA implementation," Slavitt explained, referring to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, the law that repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate reimbursement formula. Most of MACRA's provisions take effect in 2019.

The new initiative's focus would not be on simply using technology, but on improving patient outcomes, he added. "Providers will be able to customize their goals so tech companies can build around the individual practice needs, not the needs of the government."