As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services moves to value-based payment, providers will ultimately embrace health IT because they need it to provide quality care with better health outcomes, according to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.
“We have committed that we will reach a tipping point by 2018, where by that point in time more than half our payments in Medicare fee-for-service are going to come from some sort of alternative payment model linked to cost and quality,” Slavitt told an audience on Tuesday at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. “I’m more interested in incentives that reward physicians for having coordinated care, than I am in incentives that reward people for using technology. I don’t think we should be in the mode of rewarding people for the means but rewarding them for the outcomes that they want to achieve.”
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