Recommendations by Physicians to Change Meaningful Use Program

Recently, several physicians made recommendations about the changes that needed to be implemented on the Meaningful Use Attestation program. The American Medical Association (AMA) made such proposals to federal regulators to make sure that the physicians make the best use of EHR or electronic health record systems.

Among the recommendations that the American Medical Association made regarding the Meaningful Use Attestation program, the main one was to allow participants who meet almost half the program’s requirements to avoid Medicare penalties. Also, if the participants were able to meet upto 75 percent of the Meaningful Use program, they should be eligible for incentives. The physicians’ group has taken this initiative in order to make certain that the electronic health record technology is put to good use by them so that the overall facilities provided for caring the patients get improved to a great extent.

As stated by AMA, “the Administration should make optional the measures that have been the most challenging for the vast majority of physicians.” Also, the physicians’ group has called for the Center for Medicare Services with a proposal to expand hardship exemptions for Meaningful Use Attestation programs of all stages. This is to make sure that the vendors won’t require top pay penalties if they are unable to meet the requirements of the program.

The American Medical Association also said, “We are at a critical crossroad where we believe it is important and necessary to pause and fully assess what is working and what needs improvement before moving ahead to Stage 3 of the program.” Along with these, the physicians’ group has also pointed out certain concerns and these include the need for better aligning quality reporting requirements with the CMS’s PQRS for incentive payments, public input for latest EHR systems etc. Also, the need for developing a better process for cancelling out the measures, which are actually outdated, has also been stressed upon.

This AMA letter emphasizes on the fact that the Meaningful Use Attestation program is the most crucial reason for EHR adoption among physicians in various healthcare organizations. The organization said, “We are concerned that neither CMS nor ONC has studied the cost of purchasing and maintaining an EHR, multiple interfaces, and the expense incurred to exchange data.” Hence, adopting these policies will help in reducing the overall costs that the physicians incur while purchasing EHR systems.