Healthcare Informatics: CMS Proposes Dramatic Changes with Aim to “Modernize Medicare and Restore Doctor-Patient Relationships”

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed changes that the agency believes will “fundamentally improve the nation’s healthcare system and help restore the doctor-patient relationship by empowering clinicians to use their electronic health records (EHRs) to document clinically meaningful information.”

“These changes, according to CMS, would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing Medicare. The proposals, part of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP), would also modernize Medicare payment policies to promote access to virtual care, CMS said in a July 12 announcement…”

“The proposed changes would also encourage information sharing among healthcare providers electronically. And, the QPP proposal would make changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) “Promoting Interoperability” performance category to…”

“… new provisions in the proposed CY 2019 Physician Fee Scheduleؙ would help to “free” EHRs…”  Read the full article here.

Source: CMS Proposes Dramatic Changes with Aim to “Modernize Medicare and Restore Doctor-Patient Relationships” – By Rajiv Leventhal, July 12, 2018. Healthcare Informatics.

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