Panel Recommends Delaying Stage 2 Meaningful Use

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  • May 31, 2011
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An advisory panel has recommended delaying adoption of stage 2 meaningful use requirements to qualify for electronic health record (EHR) incentives by one year, until 2014. The delay would give more time to providers and venders to put measures into place to meet stage 2 requirements. The final rule describing stage 2 requirements has not been released, and is not expected for several months.

The delay also would give providers who have not already become meaningful users a third year to qualify for stage 1 incentives. Those providers who qualify for incentives under stage 1 meaningful use requirements in 2011, however, could lose one year’s incentive.
Dr. Paul Tang, chief medical information officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and chair of the advisory panel, has called the recommendation a “compromise,” according to GovernmentHealthIT. Some members of the advisory panel disagree with the recommendation, and worry that delaying stage 2 requirements could destroy the momentum toward EHR adoption.
The panel won’t make its recommendation officially until later this month, and is considering an alternate plan that would leave the 2013 deadline for stage 2 in place, but would reduce the reporting period from one year to 90 days. Watch EdgeBlast for more on this topic as it develops.

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