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Monday, December 16, 2013

TMA CALLS OUT FEDS ON MEANINGFUL USE SLEIGHT OF HAND

The recent Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement of a one-year delay for some meaningful use requirements drew a lot of headlines. You’ve got to wonder why. “TMA is deeply disappointed that CMS has not recognized the importance of extending the 2014 meaningful use requirements and the start of the penalty period,” Joseph Schneider, MD, chair of the TMA Ad Hoc Committee on Health Information Technology, wrote to CMS executives. “Many of our members have not yet received their 2014 certified software from their ambulatory EHR vendors. Once they finally receive the upgraded software, it can take many months to test and install, including fixing the bugs that will surely exist as many EHR vendors have rushed this into production. For some, that will leave only the July-September 2014 attestation period for physicians to meet meaningful use and avoid the 2015 penalties. TMA considers this deadline to be dangerous to patient safety and physician practice viability.”

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