Statement on Meaningful Use
LINDA E. FISHMAN
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT
AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
March 20, 2015
Hospitals are implementing electronic health records at a brisk pace in order to improve patient health and health care, but they must do so under the crushing weight of government regulations.
The release of today’s rule demonstrates that the agency continues to create policies for the future without fixing the problems the program faces today. In January, CMS promised to provide much-needed flexibility for the 2015 reporting year, which is almost half over. Instead, CMS released Stage 3 rules that pile additional requirements onto providers. It is difficult to understand the rush to raise the bar yet again, when only 35 percent of hospitals and a small fraction of physicians have met the Stage 2 requirements.
We urge CMS to release the 2015 flexibility rules immediately. Information technology holds the promise of enhancing care for patients and communities. America’s hospitals are committed to adopting technology but need today’s problems to be addressed to make progress for patients and communities.
About the AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at www.aha.org.
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