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CMS proposes changes to Medicare ACO program that boost telehealth, ease EHR requirements

August 10, 2018 / Susan Morse

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late Thursday proposed overhauling the Accountable Care Organization program in a number of ways related to EHRs and risk-based payment models. On the technology front, and as part of the Administration’s broader MyHealthEData initiative, the new proposed rule would advance interoperability and give patients more control of their medical data by instituting criteria regarding the number of clinicians using certified technology in lieu of quality metrics, the agency said. The new rule would also reimburse Next Generation ACOs for telemedicine services, including dermatology and ophthalmology, in addition to virtual visits conducted in so-called non-rural geographical areas, CMS said.