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Monday, November 2, 2015

TMA to Congress: End “Meaningless Abuse”

In a strongly worded letter to the Texas delegation in Congress, TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, urged lawmakers to lift the “convoluted and tedious” federal meaningful use regulations. “No federal program ever bore a more inaccurate name than ‘Meaningful Use.’ It’s no surprise that physicians around the country have begun calling it ‘Meaningless Abuse,’” Dr. Garcia wrote. “Neither the electronic health records nor the Meaningful Use regulations were designed with the realities of medical practice in mind. Together, they leave us clicking more but achieving less.” The letter asks the Texans to support and cosponsor two bills that could bring relief from the meaningful use regulations. Dr. Garcia urges TMA leaders to send your own message to Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and your representative using the TMA Grassroots Action Center.

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