Family Physicians urge changes to meaningful use rule

Although the American Academy of Family Physicians agrees with many of the stated goals of the proposed meaningful-use criteria for receiving federal subsidies for health IT investments, the CMS needs to "significantly modify the proposed rule," said Ted Epperly, board chairman of the group, in a seven-page letter to acting CMS Administrator Charlene Frizzera.

This new set of 'Meaningful Use' regulations shares a similar vision and objectives with AAFP policy, and we are excited about the potential health IT progress made possible with these regulations," Epperly wrote. "We are especially encouraged by the focus on care coordination, quality, and patient-centeredness. It is our hope that we can move the health care system rapidly toward more patient-centered, coordinated, and reliably high quality care." That said, Epperly then went on to note several details in the proposed rule that the AAFP found "unworkable, excessive, or redundant, and will actually impede the very goals of the legislation." The letter said that the administrative burden of reporting computerized physician order entry measures "is excessive to the point of being unachievable for most eligible providers." Another concern was that the rule could require manually entering results from laboratories that don't have an interoperable interface with the physician's electronic health record.

AAFP urges changes to meaningful use rule