MU lobbying reaches $24M in Q4

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In the third quarter of 2015, federal lobbying on meaningful use reached $24.2 million, a 25 percent increase from the previous quarter's $19.2 million, according to a Politico analysis of disclosure forms.

Some of the big lobbying spenders include the American Hospital Association ($4.8 million), American Medical Association ($4.5 million) and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ($2.2 million). However, Politico notes these organizations lobbied on numerous issues, and one can't break down lobbying dollars by issue.

However, the analysis does indicate the number of groups that indicated they were lobbying for meaningful use in the fourth quarter totaled 79 organizations, up from 60 organizations in the third quarter. Some of these new organizations include Cleveland Clinic, Texas Medical Association and Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System, according to Politico.

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