In response to mounting pressure from Congress and trade groups, CMS has announced that it will delay the Meaningful Use Stage 2 deadline by one year. As a result, Stage 2 will be extended through 2016. Eligible professionals who have completed two years of Stage 2 by 2016 can attest to Stage 3 beginning in 2017. CMS plans to release proposed Stage 3 rules in 2014.
CMS has not yet released rules that explain how the Stage 2 delay works. However, this delay presents a variety of opportunities for providers. Eligible professionals may wish to use the extended timeline to explore alternative EHR providers. Additionally, the extended timeline may give eligible professionals the chance to decide on alternate menu objectives. However, eligible professionals who are already ready to attest to Stage 2 should stay on track with their current plans. This will enable them to attest to Stage 3 as early as possible.
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