The final MACRA rule announced on Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services includes a new Quality Payment Program tying physician payments to quality of care, which will require providers to rely heavily on healthcare information technology, according to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

Under the MACRA rule, Slavitt contends that the vendor community has a “vital” and unprecedented opportunity to help clinicians improve the flow of electronic health information and increase the quality of patient care.

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