CMS to extend MU2 and MU3 EHR incentive program for physicians

December 6, 2013

Timelines were extended today to meet Meaningful Use (MU) 2 and 3 electronic health record (EHR) incentives, report two top officials from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Timelines were extended today to meet Meaningful Use (MU) 2 and 3 electronic health record (EHR) incentives, report two top officials from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

In a post published today, Robert Tagalicod, director in the Office of E-Health Standards and Jacob Reider, MD, ONC’s acting national coordinator for health information technology, report, “Under the revised timeline, Stage 2 will be extended through 2016 and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for those providers that have completed at least two years in Stage 2.

“The goal of this change is two-fold: first, to allow CMS and ONC to focus efforts on the successful implementation of the enhanced patient engagement, interoperability and health information exchange requirements in Stage 2; and second, to utilize data from Stage 2 participation to inform policy decisions for Stage 3.”

The phased approach, Tagalicod and Reider say, will help providers move to exchanging health information in Stage 2 and focusing on improved outcomes in Stage 3.

“This approach has allowed us to support an aggressive yet smart transition for providers,” Tagalicod and Reider say.

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