Republican senators reintroduce bill meant to reduce meaningful use burdens

Six U.S. Senators introduced the EHR Regulatory Relief Act, S. 2059, in an effort to improve the meaningful use program Nov. 2.

Sens. John Thune, R-S.D.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Richard Burr, R-N.C.; and Bill Cassidy, R-La., reintroduced the legislation to provide regulatory flexibility for EHR users. The bill is similar to legislation the six senators introduced in the 114th Congress last year.

The proposal would shorten the reporting period for eligible physicians and hospitals from 365 days to 90 days and extend hardship exemptions for various requirements under meaningful use, among other regulatory relief.

"This legislation will help reduce the regulatory burden doctors and hospitals have faced under the meaningful use program so they can instead focus on treating patients," Mr. Alexander said. "I encourage the Senate to pass this bill to take a step towards getting our electronic health records system out of the ditch."

To access the legislative text, click here.

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