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Monday, May 19, 2014

TMA TO FEDS: WATCH OUT FOR UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF EHR REGULATIONS

In a strongly worded letter to Karen DeSalvo, MD, the national coordinator for health information technology (HIT), TMA urged the federal agency to be wary of the unintended consequences of its proposed new rules for certifying electronic health records (EHRs). “Many EHR vendors use the release of these new criteria as an opportunity to charge practices higher fees for new, upgraded software,” wrote Matt Murray, MD, chair of TMA’s ad hoc Committee on HIT. “Physicians are continuously asked to pay more for EHR upgrades and modules to the point that it costs them significantly more than the incentive gleaned from the Meaningful Use program. The unintended consequence is that physicians will discontinue participation in Meaningful Use.”

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