U.S. House Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) has introduced legislation that would exempt pathologists and their laboratories from electronic health records meaningful use requirements.

Pathologists do not interact with patients to a degree to meet meaningful use measures, nor do they use a core EHR, and should not be penalized for noncompliance through reduced Medicare payments, according to the legislation, H.R. 1309. The bill was referred to the Commerce & Energy and Ways & Means Committees. Text of the bill is available at http://thomas.loc.gov.

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