Family Practice Says “Meaningful Use” Will Be Tough

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) believes the proposed Meaningful Use rules will be hard on small- and medium-sized practices, and wants changes made.

The 95,000 member organization has advocated health care information technology (IT) use for more than 10 years, but the group is preparing an official response to the proposed rules, which are meant to not only help standardize electronic medical record (EMR) systems but also promote the adoption of health care IT.

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According to Healthcare IT News, the AAFP has indeed been supportive of EMRs. The meaningful use of EHR technology described in the regulations and advocated by the AAFP include electronic prescribing (e-prescribing or eRx), clinical decision support at the point of care, analysis and reporting of evidence-based quality and performance measures and the sharing of health information and educational resources with patients.

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