In response to recent headlines about electronic health records (EHR), four Republican Senators recently asked HHS Secretary Sebelius for answers on Stage 2 of the "meaningful use" program. Sens. Burr (R-NC), Coburn (R-OK), Roberts (R-KS) and Thune (R-ND) questioned whether subsidized record systems are boosting diagnostic tests, increasing Medicare billing and if the Administration has a plan to improve interoperability. They've asked for CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) staff to meet with Senate HELP and Finance committee aides by next Friday.