The final rule for 2019 Quality Payment Program was released earlier this month. Although there are many important updates in the rule, there is one item in particular that seems to be causing a lot of confusion. We have received many variations of this core question – “Is 2015 Edition Certified EHR required for 2019? If so, by what date?”.
Major restructuring is proposed for the Promoting Interoperability performance category for 2019. The redesign of this category aims at achieving better transition of care, improved communication between the caregivers, getting data for public health initiatives, and empowering patients to take charge of their care. Will the PI category live up to it’s new name?
Although providers can use a 2014 or a 2015 certified EHR for 2018 MIPS reporting year, starting 2019, 2015 edition will be required. However, the mapping between 2015 Edition EHR and the ACI category reporting requirements has providers and EHR vendors confused. In this blog, we attempt to eliminate this confusion with the help of an infographic that explains this mapping.
Over the last decade, billions of American tax payer dollars have been spent to achieve “interoperability” in healthcare. Has it worked? The answer depends on who you ask. However, everyone agrees that we have a long way to go. Can FHIR® might be the answer to the interoperability conundrum?