CMS seeks input on role of health IT in new primary care models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking for stakeholder input regarding the role of electronic health records and health IT in the agency's design of future advanced primary care models.

These models build on the concept of patient centered medical homes and other models that CMS has been testing. CMS, in its request for information (RFI), specifically asks how to encourage primary care practices to implement "innovative HIT tools" and what "transformative changes" for health IT would allow primary care practices to use data for quality measurements, manage the volume of data, engage patients and other uses.

Other topics of interest for CMS include how the models should deal with complex care, performance measurement and multiple payers. RFIs are due March 16  Website and RFI

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