According to the CMS (Center of Medicare and Medicaid services), EPs need to pay around $200 million in 2015 in the form of Medicare payments reductions for their failure to become a meaningful user of EHR (Electronic Health Records)
Statement of Robert Tennant, senior policy adviser to the Medical Group Management Association:
“This is a clear message to the administration that they’ve got to make significant changes to the program.” and that has lobbied for to have the penalties applied to reimbursements at the end of the year because of the provider’s failures in making meaningful users than last two year as the program does now.
Elizabeth Myers from the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality:
“I do want to make it very, very clear that these are estimates, which is why they are very pretty round numbers. “ Said Myers.
In wake of Tuesday’s joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees, Elizabeth Myers from the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality told members that around 256,000 EPs (Eligible Professionals) are currently subject to 2015 payment adjustments for failing to demonstrate MU in previous years.
But in between of conversation, she hastened to add that CMS will not know until the end of 2015 “what the total claims volume is for any given provider.
The American Medical Association has shocked by the news:
The AMA’s president-elect Dr. Steven Stack said that “The American Medical Association is shocked by the news and he said that more than 60 percent of eligible professionals will face penalties of a number that even worse than we expected.
According to an AMA statement. “The penalties physicians are facing as a result of the meaningful use program undermine the program’s goals and take valuable resources away from physician practices that could be spent investing in better and additional technologies and moving to alternative models of care that could improve quality and lower costs and they have also said that yesterday’s announcement alarmed them that more than three quarters of eligible professionals have still been unable to attest to meaningful use.”
“If physicians want success they must spend tens of thousands of dollars for tech support, software.”
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