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How Medicare’s payment overhaul tries to change how docs use tech
Modern Healthcare

Medicare’s new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime the government has used for the past five years to judge whether the providers deserve to be rewarded for using electronic health records.

But that doesn’t mean Medicare will no longer hold physicians accountable for incorporating information technology into the practice of medicine. And physicians may still struggle to clear the bar, even though the law and the proposed rule issued by the CMS have made significant efforts to make the new framework less rigid and more valuable.

Under the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act, the CMS will roll the new IT metrics, to be dubbed Advancing Care Information, into a new unified incentive payment system for most physicians.