Because physicians "are feeling overloaded by the myriad new Stage 2 meaningful use measures imposed on them," Congress should stop Medicare from requiring any new meaningful use criteria, a TMA leader wrote in a letter to the chair of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Otherwise, Matt Murray, MD, the chair of TMA's Ad Hoc Committee on Health Information Technology, wrote to U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), "Texas physicians — out of frustration — will withdraw from the Meaningful Use program at alarming rates."
The letter also praised Chairman Upton for demanding answers from the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology about the future regulatory burden on physicians' use of electronic health records (EHRs). "TMA strongly recommends that the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) or Congress suspend the EHR penalties on Medicare charges that are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2015," Dr. Murray added. "We believe CMS will put patient safety at risk by requiring EHR vendors to meet overly burdensome certification requirements and physicians to implement complex EHR upgrades in a compressed period of time."
Physicians with questions related to the EHR meaningful use program can contact TMA's Health Information Technology Department by calling (800) 880-5720 or emailing HIT@texmed.org.
Action, July 1, 2014