Doctors will soon be paying even more for paper.

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Despite resistance from the medical community and both politicalparties, the Obama administration will begin enforcing new rulesthat require doctors to use electronic health records, underpenalty of fees.

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Amidst calls from Congress to delay implementation, theadministration is emphasizing that the rules have been revised tobe less strict.

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The Hill reports that health officials say that providers willbe required to meet fewer standards and be allowed to apply forhardship exemptions from the mandates.

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Read: EHR use more than doubles

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The rule is also subject to a 90-day comment period, duringwhich providers can voice concerns.

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"Most importantly we are seeking additional public comments andplan for active engagement of stakeholders so we take time to getbroad input on how to improve these programs over time," said Dr.Patrick Conway of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS).

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But Republicans on Capitol Hill are voicing opposition to therules nonetheless, saying the government is imposing rules withoutunderstanding their effect on the health care system.

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Read: Cyber thieves target UCLA healthsystem

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“The administration has a tin ear,” Sen. Lamar Alexander,R-Tenn, the chairman of the Senate’s health committee, said in astatement Tuesday. “They’ve missed a golden opportunity to developbipartisan support in Congress... Instead, they’ve rushed aheadwith a rule against the advice of some of the nation’s leadingmedical institutions and physicians.”

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But the Obama administration insists that it's time to finallymake the adoption of EHRs universal.

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The president has been pushing for wider use of EHRs since thefirst months of his presidency, when incentives for providers thatadopted EHR were included in the HITECH Act of 2009, part of thestimulus package.

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Medical advocacy groups and some members of Congress are sayingthat the problem is that many EHR systems simply don't work well,and that doctors often can't talk about it.

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A bipartisan group in the Senate is working on a bill focused on"gag clauses" that vendors often demand of providers. Such contractstipulations prevent doctors from publicly discussing problemsthey've had with their EHR systems.

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“If you have a product which just does not work, the pro­vidercan’t tell any­body about that,” Sen. Bill Cas­sidy, R- Louis.,told Na­tion­al Journ­al last week. “And so you havetax­pay­er-sub­sid­ized products ba­sic­ally—be­cause people areget­ting such heavy sub­sidies to pur­chase them—which don’t work,but no one can know it.”

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Robert Wergin, president of the American Academy of FamilyPhysicians, said the administration should demand more of vendors.“We believe this is the fault of the vendors and their lack ofaccountability while reaping huge profits from the HITECH act,” hesaid in a statement. “Vendors, not providers, must be held fiscallyaccountable for not yet achieving an appropriate level ofinteroperability.”

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