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SIS Expresses Concerns to Congress Regarding Meaningful Use Stage 3 Implementation

Wednesday, November 18, 2015  

On November 2, the Spine Intervention Society, along with dozens of other state and national medical specialty organizations, signed on to letters to Congress expressing displeasure with CMS’ decision to proceed with implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use Program. The overall goal established by Congress in the HITECH Act was to promote widespread adoption of electronic health records by physicians and hospitals. This goal has largely been achieved, though adoption has been followed by problems of interoperability, barriers to the easy exchange of data across care settings, and cumbersome data entry requirements at the exam room level. SIS urges Congressional action to halt the focus on measure thresholds and documentation requirements and instead refocus on promoting better coordinated and high quality patient care. To see the letters, click here: U.S. Senate LetterHouse of Representatives Letter.

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