Within a couple hours of the final electronic health records meaningful use rules being released on August 23, associations started issuing initial reactions. Following is a sample of their thoughts:

American Hospital Association: “In today’s final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services addressed some Stage 2 timing concerns raised by AHA.   While we appreciate that CMS has allowed for a shorter meaningful use reporting period for 2014, we are disappointed that this rule sets an unrealistic date by which hospitals must achieve the initial meaningful use requirements to avoid penalties.  In addition, CMS complicated the reporting of clinical quality measures and added to the meaningful use objectives, creating significant new burdens. Information technology holds the promise of making care better for patients and communities.  That’s why America’s hospitals are committed to adopting the technology needed to do so, but today’s rule presents obstacles to achieving that goal.”

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