A hidden menace lurking in the technical world of information exchange is correctly identifying patients and matching them properly to their records. While it might seem simple enough to figure out who is who, there are several reasons why it’s not.
With new tools, beefed up benefits for providers and beneficiaries, and a capitation option in 2017, Next Generation is another small step in trying to make Medicare value-based. It’s still uncertain, however, whether Next Generation is smart and powerful enough to counteract a half-century of FFS health care.
Sabrina Corlette, Georgetown University
Vincent DeVita, MD
Sanjeev Arora, MD