AMA adopts policy to ‘reduce burdens of meaningful use’ for physicians

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On Nov. 3, a coalition of 111 medical groups, led by the AMA, asked Congress to intervene and refocus meaningful use, warning that compliance with the regulations were ill-informed and meeting them was near-impossible for providers. At the AMAs interim meeting Tuesday, the group voted to adopt new policy that seeks to revise and streamline current meaningful use requirements.

"The AMA wants the Meaningful Use program to succeed, but swift Congressional action is needed to refocus the goals of the program on promoting better coordinated and high-quality patient care instead of burdensome, administrative tasks for physicians," AMA Immediate Past Chair Barbara L. McAneny, MD, said in a statement.

Despite what the AMA calls a widespread failurein terms of meaningful use Stage 2, the administration is moving ahead with stage 3. In light of this, the new AMA policies will accelerate the development and adoption of universal EHR interoperability standards for all vendors. 

The AMA is continuing to ask physicians to use its Break the Red Tape platform to express their concerns and frustrations to Congress over the state of EHRs and meaningful use.

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