Acting Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Andy Slavitt, recently confirmed that the Meaningful Use initiative will end sometime in 2016. The message from the medical community has finally been heard by the powers that be.
Meaningful Use, while having a laudable intention, became a yolk on most healthcare facilities. He said the intention of improving delivery of patient care and facilitating patient involvement in their care got bogged down. It’s not clear what the new mandates will look like but the focus will move away from rewarding providers for use of technology and move to achieving better patient outcomes.
What will this mean for providers, for administrators, for IT staff, for anyone in healthcare delivery and support? Will it simplify or complicate your work day? It’s another change so likely initially will be another challenge but it seems a necessary step in the process of improving patient care and outcomes.
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