The federal EHR Incentive Program – a program most doctors love to hate – is getting a new name to better reflect a focus on interoperability and improved patient access to their health care data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.
For clinicians who participate in fee-for-service Medicare, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals, the new name of the program will be the Promoting Interoperability Program. For those participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), the Advancing Care Information performance category will be rebranded the Promoting Interoperability performance category.
The first steps of these changes were announced April 25 in the 2019
CMS notes in the proposed rule that the name EHR Incentive Program “does not adequately reflect the current status of the programs, as the incentive payments under Medicare generally have ended.” Eligible medical professionals and hospitals have received Medicare bonuses for adopting and demonstrating meaningful use of EHRs. Penalties for not doing so are still in place.