Statement on Meaningful Use
LINDA E. FISHMAN
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT
AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
April 10, 2015
America’s hospitals are devoting enormous time, effort and resources to implement electronic health records in a way that improves patient care. Today’s rule provides some much needed relief on meaningful use regulations, while at the same time advances electronic health record adoption.
The shortened reporting period that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes gives hospitals more time to transition to Stage 2 and increases the likelihood they will meet CMS’s timetable. However, the inclusion of numerous additional program changes at this late date risks causing confusion and added burden for hospitals on top of the elements proposed in the Stage 3 rule.
Health information technology holds the promise of improved care for patients. That’s why we’ll continue to advocate for rules that spur adoption and recognize the unique challenges of providing health care.
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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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