Compliance or non compliance with Meaningful Use will effect practices drastically in positive and negative lights based on their behavior. Those who did not comply will be reimbursed less than 1% in their reimbursement year, those who did will enjoy over 20 billion in bonuses.

Meaningful Use Ready?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that 257,000 eligible medical care providers will be paid 1% less in reimbursement next year from both the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and the Medicaid insurance program for the poor due to their failure to comply with Meaningful Use electronic health record standards in 2013.

In 2009, President Obama approved the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). As part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), the law will provide over $20 billion in bonuses to those who comply with meaningful use standards.

Since 2011, more than 400,000 eligible professionals have received incentives under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. However, those eligible professionals who haven’t successfully participated in the program will be subject to payment adjustments in 2015.

Doctor groups aren’t happy. They’re not only trying to meet these meaningful use standards, but they’re also trying to work through other regulations from Medicare reforms and provide for millions of new patients under the Affordable Care Act.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has argued that the meaningful use program requirements are too restricting. The conflicting laws and regulations need to be revised in order to ensure physicians are able to move to innovative payment and delivery models that could improve the quality of care.

Author: Lauren Daniels

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