The American Medical Association appreciates a proposed rule easing some requirements of the electronic health records meaningful use program, but the rule offers too little relief and comes too late.

That’s the message in a July 21 letter AMA sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In particular, despite offering several different ways to attest to Stage 2 this year, the rule retains the “all-or-nothing” approach to meaningful use. The association asks that CMS implement a 75 percent pass rate for attestation and enable physicians meeting at least half of MU requirements to avoid a financial penalty. AMA warns that a majority of physicians won’t move to Stage 2 absent more modifications to the current meaningful use timetable, and CMS should rigorously study the timetable before proposing future stages.

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