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Volume: 5 Issue: 8
(August 2018)

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promoting interoperability changes cms ehr incentive programs 7 may 2018 us centers medicare medicaid services (‘cms released proposed update medicare

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Promoting interoperability: changes to the CMS EHR Incentive Programs

On 7 May 2018, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (‘CMS’) released a proposed update to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (‘EHR’) Incentive Programs to meet evolving healthcare needs, capture data sharing, and make it easier for providers to participate. The updated rule titled ‘Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals,’ shifts the program’s focus from encouraging the use of EHR technology to promoting interoperability and access to patient information1. The new program would be called the Medicare and Medicaid ‘Promoting Interoperability Programs2.’ Chanley Howell, Allie Shalom, Taylor Whitten and Olivia King of Foley & Lardner LLP, discuss the EHR Incentive Programs, the proposed changes, and the possible impact on the healthcare industry if the proposal is adopted.

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