A healthcare information technology advocacy group is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement virtual groups as a way to help small provider organizations navigate newly announced reimbursement changes and the use of IT to achieve emerging goals.

In a letter sent today to Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of CMS, Health IT Now said the groups will be essential to help providers cope with the changes. That support will be crucial, as CMS may itself struggle to cope with changes that the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will require of the agency, Health IT Now suggests.

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