While vendors were able to supply the software needed for healthcare providers to comply with Stage 1 of the EHR incentive program, they are experiencing delays in developing the software needed for Stage 2 meaningful use compliance. In response to feedback from the healthcare community on this subject, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology propose postponing Stage 2 implementation deadlines one year -- to take effect in 2015 instead of in 2014
Via Modern Healthcare:
For the second time this year, the federal government is pushing back a major health information technology initiative, potentially giving early adopters of electronic health records an extra year to meet more stringent meaningful-use requirements.
The CMS and HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a proposed rule last week that would give hospitals, office-based physicians and other professionals eligible for the EHR incentive program an additional year to use 2011 Edition software for their systems and continue to meet Stage 1 criteria for meaningful use of the technology.
The proposed rule means providers that entered the program in 2011 could have as many as four years using 2011 software at Stage 1 meaningful use.