Senators Criticize Meaningful Use Program over Interoperability Issues and its Failure to Enable Providers to Adopt EHR
This week, the U.S. Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee convened a hearing titled, “America’s Health IT Transformation: Translating the Promise of Electronic Health Records into Better Care.” During the hearing, several senators emphasized problems within the meaningful use program, which was enacted as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act in the 2009 Stimulus bill.
The meaningful use program set the criteria for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) and established incentives for qualifying providers. It also established penalties for failure to the achieve standards. Unfortunately, the program excludes certain providers, such as home care and hospice providers, from receiving the incentives.