Over the next few years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will adopt a value-based payment policy as part of an unprecedented attempt at industry-wide delivery system reform. Yet, according to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, none of it matters unless healthcare data helps providers deliver better care to patients.

“Our priority is clear—to drive a delivery system that provides better care, with a smarter payment system that keeps people healthier,” said Slavitt on Tuesday at the 2015 CMS Quality Conference in Baltimore. “This means specifically that by 2018 we will reach a tipping point in our payments, with over 50 percent of Medicare fee-for-service payments rewarding for quality and value and aligning Medicare Advantage and Medicaid to do the same.”

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