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CMS Delays Stage 3 Meaningful Use

CMS has delayed Stage 3 Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records until 2017.  Originally to begin in 2016, Stage 3 requirements are expected to be even tougher.  Stage 3 would begin in 2017 for providers who have satisfied Stage 2 for at least 2 years.  The delay would allow CMS to evaluate Stage 2 while finalizing Stage 3 requirements.

Stage 1 Meaningful Use incentives for certified Electronic Health Records began in 2011 and many providers have qualified for Medicare and Medicaid incentives.  Stage 2 became available in 2014 and has higher thresholds and more complex requirements focusing on patient engagement and information exchange.  Under the new 2014 specification, increased complexities have resulted in a significant drop in the number of certified EHR systems.  Eligible providers must use a 2014 certified EHR to attest to meaningful use in 2014 for Stage 1 and Stage 2.  Regardless of the year the Eligible Provider begins ‘meaningful use’ the provider will be under Stage 1 for two years, then two years under Stage 2 and two years in Stage 3.

MediSYS’ EHR received 2014 Certification by the Drummond Group.  For more information or to schedule a demonstration, contact us.