In response to a white paper released by six U.S. republican senators advocating for a “reboot” of the EMR meaningful use program, several physician and EMR associations have published their support of the program. The HIMSS Electronic Health Association (EHRA) is one of the latest groups to say, “Not so fast.”
“Although nationwide exchange of health information has not yet been fully achieved, Stages 1 and 2 of the EHR Incentive Program and ongoing industry efforts have made significant advances toward broad interoperability,” the EHRA stated in a letter. “In fact, interoperability among health IT systems exists widely today within healthcare organizations.”
The EHRA also refuted claims that EMRs lead to fraudulent billing. “EHRs may allow documentation of services that were not easily documented in a paper world, but this capability allows for more accurate documentation and payment for the care that is delivered.” Further, “Misuse of documentation can as easily occur in a paper environment as an electronic one. It is important not to undermine the ability of EHRs to make documentation more structured and efficient, nor their potential to lay the framework for a reformed delivery system.”
HHS recently announced that EMR adoption has reached the tipping point. Over half of office-based physicians have received meaningful use incentives, as well as 80 percent of hospitals. EMR use is higher than it ever was before. The country is rapidly moving toward country-wide EMR use that has been envisioned for so long.
For more on EHRA’s comments on the meaningful use program, see EHR Intelligence.
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