Docs ask Congress for re­lief from mean­ing­ful-use rules

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Joseph Conn

Congress should in­ter­vene to “re­fo­cus” the fed­eral mean­ing­ful use pro­gram for elec­tronic health records, says a coali­tion of 111 med­i­cal so­ci­eties led by the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

The groups joined a pre­vi­ous re­quest by the Texas Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, which ar­gues that Stage 3 of the pro­gram, meant to get physi­cians us­ing EHRs, could jeop­ar­dize Medi­care physi­cian pay­ment rules. The TMA urged Congress to lift the pro­gram’s “con­vo­luted and te­dious” re­quire­ments. It calls the Stage 3 rules “mean­ing­less abuse.”

In a let­ter to House and Sen­ate lead­ers, the groups said con­gres­sional ac­tion is ur­gently needed to re­fo­cus the pro­gram be­fore doc­tors aban­don the pro­gram en­tirely.

The TMA, in a let­ter to mem­bers of Texas’ con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion, asked leg­is­la­tors to cospon­sor two bills to al­ter the mean­ing­ful-use land­scape. One is the Flex-IT 2 Act, which would de­lay Stage 3 rules un­til at least 2017. The other is the Trans­par­ent Rat­ings on Us­abil­ity and Se­cu­rity to Trans­form In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Act, which aims to en­sure health IT sys­tems per­form bet­ter in the field.

The TMA, the na­tion’s largest state med­i­cal so­ci­ety, says the con­cerns are top of mind for many physi­cians. It points to the at­ten­tion given to a video by Las Ve­gas-based physi­cian-rap­per Dr. Zu­bin Da­ma­nia, ti­tled “EHR state of Mind,” which has drawn nearly 200,000 views, the TMA re­ported.

Physi­cian-rap­per Dr. Zu­bin Da­ma­nia, aka

ZDog­gMD, per­forms “EHR State of Mind.”

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