More than 200,000 physicians and healthcare professionals will face penalties in 2016 for failing to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records in previous years, according to documentation released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

As expected, professional organizations representing physicians decried the penalties, which affect about 30 percent of eligible physicians and clinicians. About 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals also will see downward adjustments in reimbursement, CMS reported.

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