"With only a fraction of 2011 Edition products currently certified to 2014 Edition standards, it is clear the pace and scope of change have outstripped the ability of vendors to support providers. This inhibits the ability of providers to manage the transition of the 2014 Edition… in a safe and orderly manner," the letter said.
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It strongly recommended that HHS extend the deadline to meet Stages 1 and 2 through 2015 and "add flexibility in Meaningful Use requirements to permit as many providers as possible to achieve success in the program."
Leaders of the organizations that signed the letter echoed these sentiments.
"The AMA is increasingly alarmed that the meaningful use program continues to move full steam ahead without regard to the challenges faced by physicians, hospitals and vendors during the past few years," said AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D. in a statement.
"Continued difficulties experienced in the current program are a clear sign that federal requirements must be revised. Greater flexibility for physicians is needed to meet the meaningful use requirements and avoid unfair penalties, and less proscriptive certification criteria will help vendors better focus on the clinical needs of their physician customers."