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AMA Committed to EHR Adoption and Will Carefully Review HHS Proposed Rules

For immediate release:
Dec. 30, 2009

Statement Attributable to:
Steven J. Stack, MD
Board Member, American Medical Association

"The AMA is committed to EHR adoption that streamlines physician practices and helps them continue providing high quality care to patients. We will carefully review the proposed rules on standards for EHR use and incentives and provide our formal comments before the 60-day comment period ends.

"We have provided ongoing input this year on standards for the use of EHRs, and have stressed the importance of realistic timeframes for adoption, the removal of extraneous requirements that would delay successful adoption and reasonable reporting requirements. We want physicians in all practice sizes and specialties to be able to take advantage of the stimulus incentives and adopt new technologies that can improve patient care and physician workflow."


Editor’s Note:
To view the AMA comment letters to the HIT Committees, CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, visit www.ama-assn.org/go/hit.

Media contact:
Lisa Lecas
American Medical Association

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