Slavitt, DeSalvo offer more information on path after MU

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Following up on Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt's talk at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted a column on the agency's website covering the guiding principles for the move away from Meaningful Use.

Changes will be based on how IT best fits into new reimbursement approaches, according to the column co-authored by Slavitt and Karen DeSalvo, MD, MSc, MPH, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT.

The agencies will be working under four “critical principles” that support proposed regulations expected this spring. 

The principles include the following:

  • Rewarding providers for the outcomes technology helps them achieve.
  • Allowing providers the flexibility to customize health IT to their practice needs.
  • Leveling the technology playing field by promoting innovation and unlocking electronic health information through the use of APIs.
  • Prioritizing interoperability by implementing federally recognized national interoperability standards.

Current law requires federal agencies “to continue to measure the meaningful use of ONC Certified Health Information Technology under the existing set of standards” so the transition “won’t happen overnight, enabling more communication, time to plan and opportunity for sharing information with the federal government.

“The challenge with any change is moving from principles to reality. The process will be ongoing, not an instant fix and we must all commit to learning and improving and collaborating on the best solutions,” Slavitt and DeSalvo conclude. “We look forward to working collaboratively with stakeholders on advancing this change in the months ahead.”

Read the complete column.