Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Implementation Is Delayed on Stage 2 Meaningful Use Rule

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Implementation Is Delayed on Stage 2 Meaningful Use Rule

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Doctors who want to earn Medicare and Medicaid incentives for the meaningful use of electronic health records will not have to meet so-called stage 2 requirements until 2014, under new final federal regulations.

More than 120,000 eligible health care professionals and more than 3,300 hospitals have qualified to receive such incentive payments under stage 1 of meaningful use, which requires physicians to certify that EHRs can capture and report data, among other issues, according to the Health and Human Services department.

Under stage 2, users must show that they can exchange data with other providers and that they can give patients secure online access to their health information.

Original federal proposals required providers to meet stage 2 requirements next year. The delay was hailed by at least one group of physicians.

"MGMA is pleased that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responded to our concerns regarding several of the proposed stage 2 meaningful use requirements," said Dr. Susan Turney, president and CEO of MGMAACMPE, the merged entity of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), in a statement. …

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