Ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) — medical facilities that offer same-day surgeries as well as diagnostic and preventive care — do not have the same benefits as other healthcare institutions since there are no EHR products certified specifically for ASCs. Normally this would severely limit their ability to meet at least half of the meaningful use requirements and lead to a payment penalty.
However, the House Ways and Means Committee voted in favor of the Electronic Health Fairness Act on February 27, which would exempt ASCs from the meaningful use program. The bill states that ASCs were not covered under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, which developed certification standards strictly for hospitals and physician practices.
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