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MACRA gives healthcare a fresh start for EHR interoperability, AMA President Steven Stack says

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In forceful remarks to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association, along with several other medical organizations, are urging the government to reconsider how it measures interoperability.

The organizations are responding to ONC’s request for comments on interoperability for MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

“The lack of interoperability is one of the major reasons why the promise of electronic health records has not been fulfilled,” AMA President Steven Stack, MD, wrote in a statement. “Vendors have been incentivized to meet the flawed benchmarks under the Meaningful Use program. We need to replace those benchmarks with ones that focus on better coordinated care. MACRA offers that opportunity and we need to take advantage of it.”

Instead of using data exchange as the

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