Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave. Westbury, NY 11590-9007
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100

For Immediate Release

October 31, 2017

 MSSNY Statement on CMS’ “Meaningful Measures” Initiative                           


"New York physicians welcome the announcement by CMS Administrator Seema Verma of her intention to work to reduce regulatory burdens on physicians including streamlining quality reporting requirements.  The time required of physicians to spend on administrative tasks instead of providing patient care is unconscionable.  Recent studies show that, for every hour a physician spends delivering patient care, two more hours are spent on administrative tasks.  Much of this overwhelming minutiae is the result of well-intentioned but misguided quality reporting requirements and electronic medical record “meaningful use” standards (including the new MIPS value based payment system) that often disrupt, rather than improve, care delivery.  We look forward to working with CMS on efforts to reduce regulatory burden so that physicians can focus on taking care of their patients, instead of updating their computer systems."

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state's principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
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