Bipartisan lawmakers introduce 1-paragraph bill to ease meaningful use requirements

 A bipartisan group of Representatives led by Michael Burgess, MD, R-Texas, introduced a one-paragraph bill (H.R. 3120) June 30 that would ease EHR reporting burdens for physicians and hospitals, reports the Politico Morning eHealth newsletter.

Reps. Debbie Dingell, D- Mich., Patrick Tiberi, R-Ohio, and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., cosponsored the bill which intends to "reduce the volume of future electronic health record-related significant hardship requests."

The bill would strike part of a sentence in the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which required the HHS secretary to create "more stringent measures of meaningful use," according to the Politico Morning eHealth newsletter.

"This legislation represents a commonsense step to ease burdens on medical providers and improve patient care," said Ms. Dingell. "It will allow HHS to continue to improve the use of electronic medical records, which can save time, improve accuracy and lead to better patient outcomes, without placing an undue burden on those who deliver care."

Click here to read the bill.

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