Andy Slavitt puts meaningful use on ice; Read his J.P. Morgan speech transcript

Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Andy Slavitt on Tuesday shocked many in healthcare when he laid out an aggressive timeline to replace the meaningful use program, a electronic health records mandate and incentive program that healthcare providers put millions into. Slavitt made the remarks at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Some snippets of the story below, for the full story go to;

“So, 2016. Let me start with how we are advancing the agenda on how health care is delivered. To the 130 million Americans in the Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP programs, and by extension how care is paid for across all of health care, 2016 will be an enormous and pivotal year for progress and it’s starting off with a bang. 

Let me dive a little deeper on the technology component. Now that we effectively have technology into virtually every place care is provided, we are now in the process of ending Meaningful Use and moving to a new regime culminating with the MACRA implementation.

The Meaningful Use program as it has existed, will now be effectively over and replaced with something better. Since late last year we have been working side by side with physician organizations across many communities — including with great advocacy from the AMA — and have listened to the needs and concerns of many. We will be putting out the details on this next stage over the next few months, but I will give you a themes guiding our implementation.
For one, the focus will move away from rewarding providers for the use of technology and towards the outcome they achieve with their patients.”