The decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to end the electronic health records Meaningful Use program by the end of 2016 is a smart and timely move, says James Holly, MD, CEO at Southeast Texas Medical Association, with seven sites and 49 providers.

Meaningful Use has long passed its usefulness, Holly believes. The emphasis on electronic physician documentation has been surpassed by the need to focus on population health management, but at least CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt now is getting set to pull the trigger, he contends. Still, Holly wonders if Meaningful Use was worth the time and money spent.

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