Stage 3 of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program will impede rather than aid physicians in moving toward value-based accountable care, the American Academy of Family Physicians recently told federal policymakers.

In a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Stage 3, which was finalized in October but with a comment period that could result in modifications, AAFP noted it agreed with moving toward a three-part goal of improving health and improving medical treatment while at the same time lowering costs. “However, we still have significant concern that this final rule does not allow for continued successful transformation toward the three-part aim, but rather places further obstacles in the path to this goal,” according to the letter.

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