During a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell faced tough questioning from senators about the difficulties providers are experiencing with electronic health records adoption under the Meaningful Use program and the rapidly approaching ICD-10 code switchover.

“The government has spent $28 billion subsidizing electronic health records,” said Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in the hearing on the HHS fiscal 2016 budget request. “But, half the doctors are choosing not to participate in the program. Instead, they’ll face Medicare penalties this year. Doctors don’t like their electronic medical record systems by and large. They say they disrupt the workflow. They interrupt the doctor-patient relationship and they haven’t been worth the effort.” 

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