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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TMA TO FEDS: SUSPEND BAD MEANINGFUL USE MEASURES


This is one of the many reasons physicians are starting to call it “meaningless use.” Many patients, especially elderly ones, have no desire to access their health records online, and physicians should not be forced to coerce them to do it, TMA President Austin King, MD, said in a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. But that’s what meaningful use core measures 7 and 17 try to do, and physicians’ inability to meet them is responsible for the very low levels of doctors attesting to stage 2 of meaningful use. Dr. King asked CMS to suspend those measurers immediately and to “work with Congress to suspend all meaningful use physician penalties set to begin Jan. 1, 2015.”

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