Tom Flatt
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January 29, 2015

Statement from AMGA Regarding CMS Intention to Modify Meaningful Use

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to help ensure providers continue to meet meaningful use requirements. In response to input from the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), healthcare providers, and other stakeholders, CMS is considering the changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, including shortening the 2015 reporting period from a full year to 90 days. The agency also plans to consider other positive changes to ensure that healthcare providers can continue to meet meaningful use requirements.  CMS must make these intended changes final and AMGA will continue to work with CMS to ensure these necessary changes are implemented.

Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, president and chief executive officer of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), made the following comment:

“AMGA is very pleased with CMS’ announcement that it intends to make these critical changes to the EHR incentive program.  We have long advocated for this change in both comments to CMS, support for a legislative proposal that would have made this modification if CMS had not taken action, and in discussions with members of Congress. These changes will be enormously helpful to our members who have pioneered the use of electronic health records. AMGA has been active with both CMS and the Congress in advocating for these changes, and we look forward to continued work with policymakers to ensure these changes are implemented this year.”

About AMGA
The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) represents some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, accountable care organizations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to support its members in enhancing population health and care for patients through integrated systems of care. More than 160,000 physicians practice in AMGA member organizations, providing healthcare services for 120 million patients (approximately one in three Americans). Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for these organizations, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs, publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.