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AMA News Room

Dec. 10, 2013

AMA Applauds CMS Decision to Extend Prep Time for Meaningful Use Stage Two; Urges Federal Government to Reconsider Pass/Fail Approach

For immediate release:
Dec. 10, 2013

 

Statement attributable to:
Steven J. Stack, MD
Immediate Past Chair, American Medical Association

“The federal government’s decision to extend Stage 2 of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use program is a welcome reprieve that will provide physicians and vendors with an additional year to adequately prepare for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program. From the beginning, the AMA has urged the federal government to adjust the program’s timelines to ensure a safe, orderly transition so electronic health records can be widely adopted and implemented throughout the health care system.

“While the revised timeline for implementation is a positive step, we remain deeply concerned about the program’s current pass/fail approach to demonstrating Meaningful Use. We continue to advocate strongly for greater flexibility in the participation requirements.

“An October 2013 RAND Corporation study commissioned by the AMA found that many physicians are dissatisfied with electronic health records and the technology as it interferes with the quality of face-to-face time spent with patients. Physicians need well-designed systems that meet the Meaningful Use criteria and also help physicians as they move into new payment and care delivery models. We continue to urge the federal government to take these concerns into account when certifying systems.”

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