His letter made the following points:
There's more, but you get the gist. I think that now, CMS and the NQF do too.
At the AHA's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, CMS acting administrator Marilyn Tavenner addressed the crowd and promised to be flexible:
"We (CMS) obviously have a lot of work to do around meaningful use next stage," she said. "You have my commitment to be flexible, to listen, and try to move at a pace that works for you."
It surprises me that after so many smart people worked so long and spent so much time and money to get this process down, we've reached this mind-boggling point. But for anyone who works in Washington or in healthcare, it may not be surprising at all.