AHA: Meaningful Use Rule “Too Much, Too Soon”

When members of the American Hospital Association (AHA) met in Washington, D.C. last week, a major complaint centered around the proposed meaningful use rule, which AHA Vice President Rick Pollack said is “asking for too much, too soon.”

Like physicians, hospitals would have to comply with 23 measures to qualify for electronic health record (EHR) system incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, or stimulus bill). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to issue a final rule later this spring.

In a Healthcare IT News article, Pollack said the rule should also be changed to include all facilities in a hospital system to allow hospitals with multiple campuses eligibility for funding. He also said AHA is calling for changes to how critical access hospitals would be paid meaningful use Medicaid incentives.


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