How to make meaningful use physician-friendly: AMA speaks

The American Medical Association has released a blueprint for the future of meaningful use, which includes plans for how to make the incentive program physician-friendly, according to a report from Medical Economics.

The AMA recommended the following:

  • Removing the "all-or-nothing" approach to meaningful use in favor of penalty and incentive thresholds (50 percent compliance to avoid penalty, and 75 percent compliance to earn incentive payments).
  • Making the "most challenges" measures optional parts of the MU program.
  • Expanding hardship exemptions for all MU stages.
  • Providing physician MU exemption for those who participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System.
  • Rework the physician certification program to focus on interoperability, quality reporting and security issues.
  • Remove the requirement requiring personnel entering orders to be either licensed medical professionals or credentialed medical assistants.

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