It's not too late is the message from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in its campaign to pause Meaningful Use even though the Stage 3 final rule has been released.
The association developed its Speak Out tool as a means to put family physicians in touch with their representatives to demand a pause in the EHR incentive program. AAFP reports that more than 1,900 academy members already have called for a pause in MU Stage 3 through Speak Out.
Fewer than 10 percent of physicians have successfully attested to Stage 2 and 43 percent face penalties this year. Rather than continue these dismal rates, AAFP wants Congress to pass legislation to delay Stage 3 "until it is refocused to help physicians improve their care for patients."
Current regulations will result in "significant financial strains" on practices without doing much to improve the quality of patient care.
"The Meaningful Use program has departed from its original goals and has devolved into a clunky and complicated process, undermined by interoperability, growing administrative burdens and unrealistic incentive requirements," reads the message to legislators.
"Today, we find ourselves at a pivotal point in the healthcare transformation process and it is essential that we make choices that facilitate transformation and avoid those that present obstacles."