Healthcare organizations lined up yesterday to file comments with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on proposed federal rules that would revamp payment approaches for physicians and dramatically restructure how the government encourages the use of healthcare information technology.

Most comments filed by organizations favored the notion of building a new reimbursement system based on quality, not the quantity of services. However, many responses to the proposed rules cited concerns regarding the complexity of the program, the short timeframe for implementing it and the potential effects on small and rural providers.

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