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Comments Sent to CMS by ACP Urge Requirements be Retooled to
Truly Boost Quality
(Washington, December 17, 2015)- The American College of
Physicians (ACP) this week urged the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) to eliminate the current meaningful use
requirements. ACP filed extensive comments on the meaningful use
makeover in a 12-page letter to CMS from Dr. Peter Basch, chair of ACP's
Medical Informatics Committee.
CMS should be receptive, said Dr. Basch. "They're looking for
new thinking and this is the time to get this settled." Meaningful
use is getting another look now because CMS has taken an unusual
step. The agency has asked for a second round of comments regarding
Stage 3 of the meaningful use requirements. That's because the
previous round of comments became outdated once the Medicare Access
and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was enacted. Under the
new system, physicians who take Medicare must make choices about
how they'll be paid starting in 2019. ACP fears that physicians
will leave Medicare if they provide quality care but fail to meet
arbitrary meaningful use requirements by, for instance,
e-prescribing 59.9 percent of the time instead of 60 percent. But
simply getting rid of meaningful use entirely isn't feasible unless
Congress changes the law.
Moving ahead, Basch said, electronic record requirements should
boost quality and value in medicine -- but only in unique ways that
aren't accomplished by other incentives. "They need to be retooled
to support physicians and help them achieve good performance on
value and quality measures," he said.
A proposed rule for MACRA should be released by next spring,
providing some level of detail about the various components, Wayne
J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP, president of ACP, said. Then there
will be another comment period before a final rule is released,
possibly in late 2016.
The new system won't affect doctor reimbursement levels until
2019, but doctors are likely to start being measured under the new
criteria as early as 2017, he said. Those measurements will affect
their reimbursements in 2019.
"ACP's members are very frustrated and dissatisfied with the
current meaningful use program," Dr. Riley noted in conclusion.
"Even those who can meet the requirements feel that it is a
distraction and inconvenience from taking care of our patients. We
look forward to working collaboratively with CMS to address its
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