The Premier Inc. provider alliance has added its voice to the growing chorus that the proposed rule setting criteria for incentive payments for meaningful use of electronic health records is too ambitious.

"Our overarching concern regarding the NPRM is that it establishes a number of requirements and restrictions that are diametrically opposed to accomplishing the HITECH Act's goal of implementing a nationwide HIT infrastructure in a timely manner," states Premier's comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. "It is clear the HITECH Act is designed to infuse substantial funds into the economy so as many eligible providers as possible can rapidly implement functioning EHRs to serve as the backbone for the nation's HIT infrastructure. Congress recognized that most eligible providers would require EHR incentives quickly in order to actually get their EHR projects off the ground."

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