Only one week ago, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, surprised the healthcare IT world by announcing that CMS’s meaningful use program would end in 2016, to be replaced by “something better.”

Since then, it’s clear that the electronic health record incentive project will likely become a supporting pillar for other federal initiatives. The likelihood of a redefinition of the meaningful use program is prompting widespread discussion of the role it should play in the future.

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