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What does the future hold for CMS and meaningful use?

AOA leadership discusses where electronic health records are heading and how physicians can find success amid the challenges.


Created as a gatekeeper for patients’ electronic health records, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Electronic Health Record Incentive Program has faced a rockier start than anticipated. For instance, many systems are not interoperable, and practices are facing penalties even when they have the best intentions to comply.

In this ReachMD podcast, Laura Wooster, the AOA’s vice president of public policy, chats with host Jennifer Caudle, DO, about the challenges physicians have faced in achieving meaningful use and how the AOA is working with CMS to ease these requirements.

“I think one of the changes (members) would like to see is a system that rewards physicians for using electronic health records to truly improve the quality of care,” Wooster said in the interview. “Right now it’s a lot of checked boxes, and that has nothing to do with how osteopathic physicians treat their patients.”

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