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Senators ask to meet with CMS, ONC about EHR program
Modern Healthcare

Two weeks after top House Republicans called for HHS to halt meaningful-use incentive payments to providers, four senators have requested a meeting with staff members from the CMS and HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to discuss the program.

Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) of the Senate Finance Committee and Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) of the Senate Help, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius indicating that a recent briefing with the administration’s staff was not long enough for lawmakers to get answers to all of their questions about the final rule for the second stage of the government’s electronic health-record system incentive program.