Give doc prac­tices lat­i­tude in meet­ing MACRA de­mands

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“Physi­cian prac­tices need more than just an EHR, they need an in­fras­truc­ture that will al­low them to an­a­lyze data and use it to im­prove.” (“Doc­tors ar­gue for more flex­i­bil­ity on MACRA changes,” ModernHealth­care.com, April 19). Amen!

While some or­ga­ni­za­tions have the re­sources to sup­port providers to­ward com­pli­ance with the Merit-Based In­cen­tive Pay­ment Sys­tem (MIPS), many oth­ers do not, es­pe­cially smaller prac­tices and those in ru­ral set­tings with weak sup­port­ing in­fras­truc­ture. Hav­ing an elec­tronic health record is only a start­ing point, and in my ex­pe­ri­ence two prac­tices with the same EHR do not nec­es­sar­ily have the same ca­pa­bil­i­ties—be­cause it’s not all about the EHR. There’s much more to it. This point is spot on: “Time and money will be nec­es­sary to make changes while con­tin­u­ing to serve pa­tients. ‘Don’t put us out of busi­ness while we’re try­ing to make it work.’ ”

Pa­trick Casey Mean­ing­ful use and QA spe­cial­ist North Texas Re­gional Ex­ten­sion Cen­ter Irv­ing

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