Congress has adjourned for its traditional August recess. During that time, members of the House and Senate are at home in their districts and states meeting with constituents. ASCRS•ASOA members are encouraged to use this opportunity to advocate for a delay of Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.
Before the recess, we made progress toward congressional support for the goal. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) introduced H.R. 3309 to delay Stage 3 and improve the Meaningful Use program, and Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) expressed support for the delay. Senate legislation is expected in September after the recess. But in the meantime, we need you to advocate at home and make sure your representative and senators know Stage 3 must be delayed. Click here for an issue brief on Stage 3.
There are several ways you can Get in the Game and join the effort. You can set up meetings with legislators, host them at your practice, or attend local town hall and constituent events. If you don’t have time for those activities, even a short call to the representative or senator’s local office can make a difference.
ASCRS can assist you in contacting, scheduling and preparing for your meeting—you just have to show up! Please contact Allison Madson, manager of PAC and grassroots, at email@example.com or 703-591-2220. More information about meeting with members of Congress is available in the eyeContact Action Center’s grassroots handbook.