From 2014 to 2015, the number of health care providers involved in Medicare’s Meaningful Use program declined by about 2,000, while the number of hospital participants dropped by 100. These declines were experienced despite the government’s efforts to make participation easier for providers.
CMS has repeatedly pointed out that widespread participation in this program would be a sign of its progress toward the Obama administration’s goal of making health records digital. The program is designed to use electronic health record technology to improve medical quality, care coordination, patient engagement, and research . Unfortunately, much of this participation decline has been attributed to administrator frustration with CMS’s history of changing program requirements.
These findings were published on Bloomberg BNA on March 17, 2016.