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MGMA weighs in on "meaningful use"

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 14, 2009

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The Medical Group Management Assn. sent a series of recommendations to David Blumenthal, MD, national coordinator for health information technology, as he leads efforts to finalize meaningful use definitions, which will help define the incentive program aimed at increasing the adoption rates of electronic medical records.

The MGMA recommendations include using only criteria that have been pilot-tested or have widespread industry use. They also include recommendations for flexibility that go beyond a pass/fail approach; a simplified process for physicians to report data to the government; and close monitoring of the vendor market to ensure software is high-quality but affordable.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/12/14/bibf1214.htm.

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