Last week, the 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was released, provoking buzz about how the proposed changes could shape the future of digital health and care.

The initial buzz began in March at the HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition, where Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma shared news of CMS’s plans for a complete overhaul of the meaningful use program, as well as changes to the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Last week’s CMS announcement emphasized an overall focus on the acceleration of digital health innovation and increased electronic health record (EHR) accessibility.

The follow-up from CMS came with the release of the 2019 IPPS NPRM. It’s a real time investment to digest at 1,883 pages, so here are some key takeaways on the proposal as well as what the future health information and technology landscape might look like.

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