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Extension of meaningful use 2 deadline lauded by physician groups

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The second stage of the government's program to incentivize physicians for implementing electronic health records systems will not begin until 2014, according to final rules recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The second stage of the government's program to incentivize physicians for implementing electronic health records (EHR) systems will not begin until 2014, according to final rules recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator.

ONC's move to delay the start of stage 2 of meaningful use (MU2) has been praised by physician and practice-related groups including the American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association.

The rules, recently published in the Federal Register, sought to:

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