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Alexander Calls for Delay of EHR Stage 3 Meaningful Use Final Rule

September 18, 2015—Senate Health Education, Pensions, and Labor (HELP) Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) during a Sept. 16 hearing on patient access to health records, called for a delay until Jan. 1, 2017, in final rules for Stage 3 of the “meaningful use” program which requires doctors and hospitals to create electronic health records (EHR) systems.

Testifying before the committee were Raj Ratwani, Ph.D., scientific director, National Human Factors in Healthcare, Medstar Health; Kathy Giusti, founder and executive chairman, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation; and Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow, General Manager for Health and Life Sciences, Intel Corporation.

Chairman Alexander further added, “Stage 3 requirements should be phased in at a rate that reflects how successfully the program is being implemented, and I believe also the modified rules already proposed for Stage 2 of this program should be adopted immediately because it will help most doctors and hospitals comply with the government’s requirements.”

AAMC issued comments earlier this year suggesting to delay finalizing Stage 3 to obtain more experience with Stage 2 and to determine how meaningful use will be incorporated into the Merit-based Incentive Payment System  [see Washington Highlights, June 19] and [see Washington Highlights, May 29].


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