Physician executives offered a wide range of advice to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics in a Washington hearing on how to define “meaningful use” of electronic health records.

NCVHS is an advisory body to the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee is weighing options for the definition, and HHS officials will consider its recommendations. The definition will help determine whether hospitals and group practices qualify for Medicare and Medicaid financial incentives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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