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AMA: Meaningful Use Is Still Broken

The American Medical Association (AMA) is alarmed by the recent announcement that more than three-quarters of eligible professionals have still been unable to attest to meaningful use.

The program's one-size-fits-all approach, which has not been proven to improve quality, has made it difficult for physicians to take part. The penalties physicians are facing as a result of the meaningful use program undermine the program's goals and take valuable resources away from physician practices that could be spent investing in better and additional technologies and moving to alternative models of care that could improve quality and lower costs.

They additionally make it harder for physicians to meet meaningful use in the future. In order to successfully attest, physicians must spend tens of thousands of dollars for tech support, software upgrades, interfaces and data exchange, often on a recurring basis.

The AMA continues to work with the administration to improve the meaningful use program and looks forward to seeing how CMS' anticipated new rules address these issues this spring.

Source: American Medical Association