The proposed rule defining meaningful use of electronic health records could actually make it more difficult for providers to adopt EHRs, according to early reaction from the Medical Group Management Association and the American Hospital Association.

The government on Dec. 30 released for a proposed rule defining meaningful use of EHRs and an interim final rule that sets initial standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology. Both rules are available for viewing in a draft format at They will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 13 with a 60-day comment period effective at that time.

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