Some elements of the 21st Century Cures Act are considered by some in the health IT community to be hard to implement, while other provisions face uncertainty with a new administration.
A final rule released last week by ONC, concerning federal oversight of EHRs, is being met with a mixed reaction by payer, provider, and vendor groups.
Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, who up until Thursday was serving in two roles at the US Department of Health and Human (HHS), has stepped down as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
ONC has identified two specific methods for measuring the achievement of “widespread interoperability” as required in MACRA.
Even though the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program is slated to be phased out, federal regulators will continue to measure whether physicians are using meaningful use certified electronic health record systems (EHRs) in order to determine Medicare payments. In other words, meaningful use criteria and measurements should still be met.