Meaningful Use Program Officially Shelved?


For those who don’t know, meaningful use is another bogus metric that the government was using to initially bonus doctors (and then penalize them).  You had to go through a million expensive hoops to prove your EMR/EHR worked well enough for the government’s bogus standards.  Well, now the chief of the CMS, Andy Slavitt, announced that:

“We are now in the process of ending meaningful use….”

The AAFP is getting all cocky because they showed their might in getting this done.  “You like that?!?” they scream to their members. But was it them that got this to change?  Back in May they just wanted the Meaningful Use to be “reasonable”.

AAFP Continues to Fight for Reasonable Meaningful Use Rules

That’s like some nerd kid getting beat up at the playground asking the bully if he can be reasonable.  And then gets punched 500 times in the face.

Oh, and let’s not forget what the AAFP said in 2010 as shown here in a Medical Economics article:

The president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians said he was cautiously optimistic about the final rules for the “meaningful use” of an electronic health record (EHR).

In July, Roland Goertz, MD, testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health regarding the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. In part, the act awards physicians up to $44,000 over five years if they prove “meaningful use” of EHRs. The incentive’s rules were finalized in July.

“We believe the recently issued rules will be achievable, but they do require significant effort by physicians and their practices,” Goertz said. “We ask your committee to help make sure that [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] delivers on the execution of this program,” he told the committee. “If the first rounds of reporting and incentives do not go smoothly, many physicians will turn away from this program.”

Cautiously optimistic. Achievable. Yup. Now commence punching.

So now back to Slavitt and the CMS. What else did he say?

“We are now in the process of ending meaningful use and moving to a new regime culminating with the MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) implementation. The meaningful use program, as it has existed, will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.”

Replaced by something better?  Well, I for one am optimistic. I am optimistic that family docs will get punched again in the face about 500 times.

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