Advisory Panel Suggests Pushing Stage 2 Meaningful Use Back Until 2014

An advisory panel of the Health IT Policy Committee has proposed delaying stage 2 of meaningful use until 2014, giving vendors and healthcare providers more time to update and implement more advanced technology, according to a Government Health IT report.

The one-year delay would come at the expense of those providers that meet meaningful use in 2011. It would give other providers, however, a third year to qualify for stage 1 incentives. A decompressed timeline may also attract more providers to participate.

The final rule for stage 2 of meaningful use is not expected to be released until mid-2012, leaving many providers and vendors concerned there is not enough time to develop new functionality for electronic health records and establish it in practices.

The advisory panel will bring its meaningful use recommendations to the policy committee next week and its timing suggestion in June.

Read the Government Health IT report on a delay in stage 2 of meaningful use.

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