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Meaningful Use program to end soon

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CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt said at a healthcare investors conference in San Francisco that the agency plans to end the Meaningful Use program soon.

“The meaningful use program as it has existed will now effectively be over and be replaced with something better,” he said Monday at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, adding that the new program’s details will be  disclosed in the next few months.

“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.” Mr. Slavitt was referring to  the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which  repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate reimbursement formula. Most of MACRA’s provisions take effect in 2019.
“Providers will be able to customize their goals so tech companies can build around the individual practice needs, not the needs of the government.”

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