ACC Supports New Legislation Shortening Reporting Period for Meaningful Use

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WASHINGTON (Apr 20, 2016) -

A statement from American College of Cardiology President Richard Chazal, M.D., FACC, on the introduction of S. 2822/H.R. 5001, the Flexibility in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Act:

"The American College of Cardiology is very pleased that Congress has recognized the administrative burdens placed on clinicians and practices by the meaningful use program. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation offers welcome relief by creating a 90-day reporting period for the EHR incentive program, something many medical specialty societies have consistently supported," said American College of Cardiology President Richard Chazal, M.D., FACC. "This flexibility would be of great value to the healthcare community given the impending changes to the Medicare program brought about by the passage of MACRA."

"We look forward to working with members of the House and Senate to ensure this legislation is passed quickly."

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