Six Republican members of the U.S. Senate have published a report critical of the progress of the electronic health records meaningful use program and calling for a pause to the program and re-examination of its strategies.
“We seek comments on whether it would be in the best interest of CMS, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health I.T., vendors, providers, taxpayers and other stakeholders to hit ‘pause’ while re-examining the current procedures put in place to safeguard and ensure meaningful use of EHRs prior to forging ahead with Stage 2 and 3,” the senators note in the report. “We are not alone in our concern on this issue. For example, the American Medical Association and other health care stakeholders have asked CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health I.T. to hire an outside entity to evaluate the incentive program’s performance before quickly rushing into future stages. We are pleased CMS has effectively announced such a pause by delaying promulgating Stage 3 regulations and seeking to work with stakeholders. We seek comments on what steps CMS needs to take before implementing Stage 3.”
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