The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services fails to take into account the time necessary for providers to comply with the burdensome requirements of the Meaningful Use program and as a result hospitals and physicians have either been subject to financial penalties or have needed hardship exemptions.

That’s the message delivered to members of Congress on Thursday by Cletis Earle, chairman-elect of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Board of Trustees, who testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.

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