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CMS proposes delaying EHR meaningful use deadline a year

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Friday afternoon proposed pushing Obamacare's electronic health record meaningful use deadline back a year.

"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," said a CMS blog post. "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 post said eligible providers who have completed at least two years of Stage 2 would begin Stage 3 in 2017.

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