Disputing that physicians are purposely using electronic health records to generate higher Medicare billings and “gaming the system,” the American Medical Association says federal policies themselves put providers in a Catch-22 situation. One fix, according to the AMA, is to reconsider Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.

During a May 3 “listening session” with federal officials, AMA Chairman Steven Stack, M.D., walked through the cumbersome documentation workflows of an EHR. He showed why it is necessary and appropriate for physicians to cut-and-paste information already in the EHR when documenting a new encounter. “Simply stated, many EHRs are not friendly to the user and rather than improving physician efficiency, they are a widespread source of frustration,” he said.

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