The Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society is taking issue with a call from four Republican leaders of the U.S. House to halt and fix the electronic health records meaningful use program.

The leaders advocate suspending incentive payments until new rules are set establishing universal standards for interoperability and substantially toughening other requirements for meaningful use. “Incentive payments, particularly those funded by the Medicare trust funds and taxpayers, should be given to providers who are truly ‘meaningful users’ of EHRs,” they told HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a recent letter.

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