HHS to Delay Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans to offer health care providers additional time to meet Stage 2 meaningful use objectives for Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Medical Record Incentive Programs. In a continued effort to incentivize providers to implement health care information technology (IT), Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated that HHS intends to delay Stage 2, allowing providers to adopt health IT in 2011 without meeting the new requirements until 2014. Under the current timetable, providers attesting Stage 1 standards in 2011 must attest Stage 2 standards beginning in 2013.

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