AHA pushes for prompt finalization of 90-day reporting period for MU in 2015; Newspaper columnist calls EHR program 'money squandered';

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> The American Hospital Association, in a letter sent June 2 to Acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Andy Slavitt, pushes for finalization of the proposed 90-day reporting period for Meaningful Use in 2015 "as quickly as possible." AHA says that even if the rule is finalized by Aug. 1, providers will "have very little time to ... ensure that they meet the revised requirements." Letter (.pdf)

> Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer unloads on the Meaningful Use incentive program in a recent commentary, calling the push to adopt electronic health records "healthcare's Solyndra" and the billions invested in the program "money squandered." Commentary

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