Karen Ferguson
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May 29, 2015

AMGA Submits Comments to CMS with Recommendations on Stage 3 EHR Incentive Proposals

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making recommendations on the proposed rule for Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs.  AMGA comments express concern about the overall readiness of the healthcare information technology infrastructure to accommodate the new requirements for transmission of healthcare data between organizations, in addition to concerns about the increased threshold percentages for meeting measures beginning in 2018.  The comments make specific recommendations that would ease the provider burden of meeting requirements for Stage 3.

Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMGA stated, “AMGA has always supported the goals of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and our members have been eager to embrace them, despite the operational challenges they have presented.  CMS has a tremendous opportunity to streamline program requirements so that the benefit of using healthcare information technology will be realized across the delivery system, while at the same time, recognizing that more work must be done to achieve true interoperability of health information systems.”

Read AMGA’s Full Comments.

About AMGA
The American Medical Group Association is a 501(c)(6) trade association representing medical groups, health systems, and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious integrated delivery systems. AMGA is a leading voice in advocating for efficient, team-based, and accountable care. AMGA members encompass all models of organized systems of care in the healthcare industry, including: physician-owned, independent group practices, integrated delivery systems, hospital-affiliated medical groups, independent practice associations (IPAs), academic and faculty practices, accountable care organizations, and high-performing health systems. More than 170,000 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.