King Introduces the Meaningful Use Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3780, the “Putting Patients and Providers Ahead of Compressed Regulatory Timelines Act of 2015” also known as “The Meaningful Use Act.”
“On October 6th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released final rules for Stage 3 of its meaningful use program for electronic health records (EHRs),” said King. “Although CMS touted the regulations as giving providers increased flexibility, this program remains broken and unsustainable for providers.
The significant and ongoing financial cost of compliance is a deal breaker for many providers who simply cannot handle the financial burden and risks associated with EHRs. The demands of this onerous program means fewer dollars for staff and supplies necessary to attend to patients. This unwelcome, ‘unintended’ consequence of this bad law has caused some providers to have to close their businesses altogether.
The Administration has chosen to disregard the overwhelming facts that we should not move forward with implementation and done so anyway with the release of the final rules for Stage 3 of the program. The Administration has offered a 60-day comment period, instead of taking the right action of eliminating the harmful penalties associated with this program.
My bill would repeal these destructive penalties so that providers can get back to the business they are uniquely trained to do—utilizing their skills and knowledge to heal the sick and support the continued vitality of the healthy. We need to save as many healthcare providers as possible. With the right president and the repeal of ObamaCare, we will need them.”
To view the original bill text, click here.