Expanding Role of Certified Electronic Health Records Technology in Radiology: The MACRA Mandate.
J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Jan;15(1 Pt A):29-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2017.02.043. Epub 2017 Apr 21. Nicola GN1, Rosenkrantz AB2, Hirsch JA3, Silva E 3rd4, Dreyer KJ3, Recht MP5.
Radiology has historically been at the forefront of innovation and the advancement of technology for the benefit of patient care. However, challenges to early implementation prevented most radiologists from adopting and integrating certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) into their daily workflow despite the early and potential advantages it offered. This circumstance places radiology at a disadvantage in the two payment pathways of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models (APMs). Specifically, not integrating CEHRT hampers radiology's ability to receive bonus points in the quality performance category of the MIPS and in parallel threatens certain threshold requirements for advanced APMs under the new Quality Payment Program. Radiology must expand the availability and use of CEHRT to satisfy existing performance measures while creating new performance measures that create value for the health care system. In addition, radiology IT vendors will need to ensure their products (eg, radiology information systems, PACS, and radiology reporting systems) are CEHRT compliant and approved. Such collective efforts will increase radiologists' quality of patient care, contribution to value driven activities, and overall health care relevance.