Eligible professionals should be required only to attest to meeting at least five measures to receive first-year incentive payments for meaningful use of electronic health records, according to 96 physician associations, including the American Medical Association and 48 of its societies.

In a comment letter on the proposed meaningful use criteria, the groups also recommended physicians in the first payment year be required to only attest that, "to the best of their ability," they are entering required data elements for quality measure reporting.

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