MASSDEVICE ON CALL — As certain provisions of Massachusetts healthcare reform prepare to roll out in 2015, some doctors are taking issue with the slippery language of the electronic health record mandate, which asks physicians to move away from paper-based records at care centers.
While proponents of the electronic health record’s "meaningful use" provisions say that that an incentive program is not the same as a mandate, opponents say financial motivates are strong enough to remove any real choice, according HealthITExchange.com.
Vagaries in the language of the law have left some doctors wondering whether savviness with electronic medical record systems will save them from having to actually adopt them. Either way, the illusion of choice may be leaving a bad taste in their mouths, Burns wrote.
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