Harvard Medical School has launched a free, publicly accessible digital repository of medical evidence to help clinicians practice evidence-based medicine in accordance with legislation that goes into effect in 2018.

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act, signed into law in 2014, was slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, requiring healthcare providers to use approved clinical decision support systems to consult “appropriate use criteria”—developed or endorsed by national professional medical specialty societies or other provider-led entities—when ordering certain advanced medical imaging procedures. However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has since decided to extend the deadline to Jan. 1, 2018.

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