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Mostashari explains logic behind meaningful use goals

NEW ORLEANS — In her HIMSS 2013 keynote address, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said, in cooperation with National HIT Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, her agency is setting meaningful use adoption targets to measure success of the program.

The goal, she said, is 80% of eligible hospitals and 50% of physicians receiving incentives. She added it was important to state those goals publicly. The targets are part of a broader CMS strategy for cutting healthcare costs and establishing the IT backbone to manage accountable care organizations and other data-driven initiatives tied to reimbursements and care quality.

Mostashari told SearchHealthIT goal-setting was part of the strategy behind announcing the targets, but also to provide a public yardstick by which his office measures progress of the electronic health records incentive program.

“We’re not going to let other people define that,” he said. “We think this will be success…by our metrics, a success.”

But what does that really mean? What if they don’t hit those numbers?

“We’re going to have to rethink strategy if we don’t,” Mostashari said. “We’ll obviously have to do more.”

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