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Traversing the Meaningful Use Minefield
HealthLeaders Media

The federal meaningful use program remains a minefield that providers are carefully stepping through to avoid losing out on incentives or being hit with the ever-increasing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services penalties for failing to file timely attestations of use.

In a statement in mid-February, the American Medical Association said it remained “alarmed” that three-quarters of eligible professionals still have been unable to attest to meaningful use.

“The program’s one-size-fits-all approach—that has not been proven to improve quality—has made it difficult for physicians to take part,” stated Steven J. Stack, MD, AMA president-elect. “In order to successfully attest, physicians must spend tens of thousands of dollars for tech support, software upgrades, interfaces, and data exchange, often on a recurring basis.”