House Rep Seeks Meaningful Use Exemption for Small Physician Practices
In a May 1 letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) expressed concern over meaningful use requirements included in the 2009 HITECH Act.
The act authorizes incentive payments through Medicare and Medicaid to providers that use electronic health records in a "meaningful" way to improve patient care. The act also penalizes providers who do not use EHRs by the deadlines set by CMS.
Rep. Ellmers said she is concerned stage 2 goals may be too ambitious for some small or solo practice physicians to meet. She urged CMS to allow hardship exemptions for physicians working in practices with five or fewer physicians, as well as physicians over the age of 60 and nearing retirement.
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