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Monday, March 22, 2010

TMA CALLS FOR REVISION OF EMR "MEANINGFUL USE" PROPOSED RULES

Proposed federal rules that provide physicians Medicare or Medicaid bonuses for “meaningful use” of electronic medical records (EMRs) need substantial revisions, Dr. Fleming and Joseph Schneider, MD, chair of the TMA Ad Hoc Committee on Health Information Technology, wrote in formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (PDF). Specifically, they wrote, the rules need to be rewritten to avoid the unintended patient safety consequences of hurried EMR implementation and delete the “all-or-nothing” requirement for physicians to win the bonuses.

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