171,000 clinicians will get hit with Meaningful Use penalties

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It may not be a Happy New Year for thousands of clinicians who will take a 3% pay cut from Medicare next year for failing to demonstrate that they met federal requirements for Meaningful Use of an electronic health record system.

The bad news for an estimated 171,000 physicians, nurse practitioners and other clinicians was included in a fact sheet (PDF), released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). “There are about 171,000 Medicare [eligible professionals] subject to a downward payment adjustment in 2017 under Medicare for failing to demonstrate meaningful use,” the agency noted.

An official from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) said CMS did not allow medical groups time to meet the Meaningful Use requirements, according to Medscape (reg. req.)

Read the entire article: Fierce Healthcare

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