The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association, a trade group of vendors, has issued the following statement of opposition to the Obama Administration’s health information technology use tax in the proposed 2014 budget of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology:

“The EHR Association does not support the user fee for electronic health records included in the President’s proposed 2014 budget. EHR developers are already devoting extensive resources to successful implementation of the EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Program and other health care delivery reform efforts, including the significant fees associated with EHR product certification. Adding costs to the health care system at a time when providers already feel significant effects from several new legislative and regulatory programs, including payment cuts, is not an approach consistent with the government’s larger goals of fostering broad health information technology adoption to support health care delivery system reform.

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