Meaningful Use Monday: Stage 2 EHR Standards More Stringent

Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements, finalized late August by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), mandates doctors meet a larger number of core objectives during the next part of the three-stage program. Physicians also must adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of EHR systems by October 1, 2014, or be assessed a 1% penalty from Medicare.

Though CMS officials carved out several hardship exceptions to the noncompliance penalties,some which will require the reporting physician to complete an application prior to the penalty’s assessment, physician practices will be required to achieve more difficult objectives to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records to earn federal bonuses and prevent future penalties.

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