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Consumer Groups Weigh in on EHRs Under MACRA
The Health Care Blog

One of the things that needs to happen as physician payment reform and EHR interoperability (post-meaningful use) evolve under MACRA is this: CMS and ONC need to promote, measure and significantly enhance consumers’ access to their health information and/or interaction with EHRs.

Stated another way: after spending $30 billion to compel the adoption of EHRs, the federal government needs to get its act together to assure that consumers and patients are directly—and not just indirectly—benefiting. That was, after all, part of the original vision way back in the George W. Bush administration.  Simply stated:  Electronically stored and continually updated information and records on you should be available to you.   And without a lot of trouble.