The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association, a trade group of vendors, has joined many other stakeholders in asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to significantly streamline meaningful use requirements and change unrealistic compliance timetables.

The association was one of many stakeholders that submitted comments on the proposed rule by the March 15 deadline. "We ask CMS to shift the balance from highly detailed meaningful use criteria/measures and very aggressive timelines to a baseline set of measures, plus the option for providers to defer a small number of criteria in each of the meaningful use categories," according to the association's comment letter.

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