New Certification Criteria for APMs…Is This the Right Approach?

CMS and ONC are considering tying the new Alternative Payment Models (APM) being designed per the MACRA legislation to prescriptive criteria for “use” of certified EHR technology, and considering development of new certification criteria specifically created for APMs.  In doing so, do they risk going beyond congressional intent for the APM program and stifling innovation by imposing requirements on health IT beyond what is sought in the market, perhaps pursuing a strategy that may not be the best way to accomplish their end-goals – the rapid shift to value-based reimbursement and more integrated care?  Read “Health IT, Value-Based Payment, and Innovation: Let’s Get it Right”<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.ge-2Dhealth-2Dit-2Dviews.com_ge-2Dhealth-2Dit-2Dviews_health-2Dit-2Dvalue-2Dbased-2Dpayment-2Dand-2Dinnovation-2Dlets-2Dget-2Dit-2Dright_&d=CwMFAg&c=IV_clAzoPDE253xZdHuilRgztyh_RiV3wUrLrDQYWSI&r=9J0OzMmXzW0MOsWbEgFTm3E3Nnpx1OLbxqRbD4he2lE&m=rGj1-bDereb9JxL9Bpnik_RrdwaBiWbICHrGD4tGl5s&s=PynHHi69YQKvGs89XuSCeKBQOIF_ZGITL1V3EtjhkMI&e=> by Mark Segal, PhD (EHRA Chair Emeritus and Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs for GE Healthcare IT) on the GE blog page.