“Meaningful Use” Stage Two Final Rule Released

The American Medical Association has provided ongoing input since the inception of the EHR incentive program and has urged greater flexibility to make the program more reasonable and achievable for physicians.

In a letter submitted by the AMA and signed by AMS, recommendations were outlined to eliminate physician roadblocks and encourage greater physician participation. Due to these efforts, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule outlining the requirements for the second stage of the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program with some significant changes. This Stage 2 rule builds on the Stage 1 requirements and outlines the payment adjustment portion of the program starting in 2015. The Stage 2 rule:

The CMS final rule fact sheet is available here.