Meaningful use called and said, "The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated." A careful parsing of acting CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt's comments at this year's J.P. Morgan Health Care Conference does not lead to the conclusion that meaningful use as a concept is over, but rather that it is being absorbed into Merit-based Incentive Payment System, and this will take some time to accomplish.

There continues to be a lot of discussion around changes to the EHR Incentive Program and a particular focus on the Merit-based Incentive Program (MIPS). Better understanding the implementation of MIPS and the implications and opportunities for health IT will be at the front of my agenda for the HIMSS conference.

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