Congressman Price, an orthopedic surgeon, chairs the House Budget Committee.
"Since inception of the meaningful use program, TMA has studied
rules, developed resources, educated physicians, listened to complaints,
advocated for improvements, and tracked results," Dr. Garcia wrote in a
letter also sent to the entire Texas delegation in Congress. He added
that "the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has disregarded
stakeholders frequently," citing the late release of the 2015-17
modification rule as "a prime example of this disregard."
"Physician practices and the health care industry cannot be expected
to turn on a dime, especially when regulatory changes are rolled out
during a required reporting period," the letter states.
TMA is calling on Congress to enact legislation that provides
positive incentives for physicians to acquire and maintain health
information technology. Until electronic health record (EHR) systems
truly add value to medical care, TMA wants Congress to reform the
program and eliminate federal mandates that compel physicians to engage
in unnecessary activities and reporting.
On a side note, physician and rapper Zubin Damania, MD, known as ZDoggMD, released a video
that starkly presents physician attitudes toward EHRs. Take a moment to
enjoy his perspective. The video was created in collaboration with EHR
vendor athenahealth. Dr. Damania was the keynote speaker at TMA's 2014
If you have questions about EHRs and meaningful use, contact TMA's Health Information Technology Department by email or by calling (800) 880-5720.
Action, Dec. 1, 2015
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