David Chou, VP and chief information and digital officer at Children's Mercy Kansas City, believes health care CIOs can help their organizations remain competitive following the implementation of MACRA's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Chou says CIOs should also coordinate with physician leaders in sponsoring trainings on the EHR workflow process. He outlines three strategies to remain competitive under MACRA:
- Establish a comprehensive chronic care management (CCM) program;
- Expand care coordination and electronic document exchange; and
- Improve patient engagement.
For health care technology executives, Chou outlines these points of MACRA that must be supported by IT:
- Electronic prescriptions;
- Protecting patient health information, including the use of security risk analysis;
- Provide patients with electronic access and educate patients about program usage;
- Coordinate care through patient engagement, including secure messaging, view-download-transmit of summary care information, and patient-generated health data;
- Exchange of health information, such as patient care records, and reconciliation of clinical information; and
- Reporting of immunizations to public health organizations and clinical data registries.