America’s physicians are overwhelmed with new federal regulations and are calling on the government to give them a break, according to the American Medical Association and dozens of national and local medical societies in a new letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Simultaneous implementation of five initiatives will create extraordinary financial and administrative burdens, and mass confusion, for doctors, the letter says. The initiatives include the value-based modifier, penalties under the e-prescribing program, the Physician Quality Reporting System, EHR meaningful use and ICD-10.

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