EHR Mandate Riles Massachusetts Doctors
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User Rank: Apprentice
6/11/2013 | 3:52:27 PM
re: EHR Mandate Riles Massachusetts Doctors
While there is justifiable need to raise strong awareness and physician response regarding implementing EHR, i neither agree with the legislative action nor the quoted strong response of the cited "letter to physicians". I believe strong and meaningful use of EHR is absolutely essential to achieving a viable public healthcare system in the United States. However, our physicians are not licensed to support our public healthcare system, they are licensed to practice medicine on individuals. This legislation crosses the line over what physician licensing means.
However, I believe that delays in modernization of the U.S. Healthcare Industry are detrimental to that industry and this relates to: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse; ICD-10 implementation; EHR and its meaningful use; accountable care; health information exchanges; and the general pay-as-you-go philosophy in medical care which leads to what T.R. Reid says places this country among the poorer performing National Healthcare programs in the world.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/5/2013 | 6:56:56 PM
re: EHR Mandate Riles Massachusetts Doctors
Agreed. The Amendment should be repealed and I am shocked it was ever passed in the first place.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/2/2013 | 6:10:52 PM
re: EHR Mandate Riles Massachusetts Doctors
I believe this law would certainly need to be reinterpreted to provide more flexibility for the physicians. As Dunlap says, there are a huge number of physicians that aren't even eligible for meaningful use because of the fields that they work in, yet they would be susceptible to losing their licenses if this law were to come into effect. I don't believe holding physicians' medical licenses hostage is a good way to get physicians to account for meaningful use. I think this plan would backfire and move physicians against health IT if anything.

Jay Simmons
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