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National Physician Associations Share Meaningful Use Concerns

The American College of Radiology (ACR) government relations staff participated in an American Medical Association (AMA)-hosted meeting of the national specialty societies regarding the future of the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program on June 24, 2015.

Regulatory affairs staff from approximately 25-30 different national specialty societies participated in the discussions, and all presented their members’ concerns regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) ongoing rulemakings to update the program’s requirements.

Noteworthy from the meeting was that all national physician associations continue to share many of the same concerns about the current status and future outlook of the program. While some specialists have unique challenges, the shared concerns include:

  • Alarmingly low participation levels
  • Overly optimistic agency outlook and timetables for the program
  • Health IT certification expansion beyond Meaningful Use (MU) applications
  • Yearlong reporting periods for all participants in 2018 and beyond
  • Lack of full alignment between PQRS and MU’s clinical quality measure reporting
  • Relevance of requirements to workflow/scope of practice
  • Uncertain future MIPS implementation hanging over the current pre-MIPS MU rulemakings
  • And more…

AMA has held one or two specialty society meetings per year on MU-related topics since the establishing Recovery Act was signed into law in 2009. ACR GR staff have worked closely with AMA GR counterparts on various advocacy activities and letters dedicated to improving the program over the years.  Yesterday’s discussions reinforced the fact that, despite some advances, CMS and ONC have a lot of work left to do on this issue.

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