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AHA urges HHS to grant greater flexibility on meaningful use

December 19, 2013

The AHA today urged the Department of Health and Human Services to extend the regulatory timelines for 2014 and allow all providers greater flexibility in Stage 2 of meaningful use under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs. “Specifically, all hospitals and physicians should have the option to make the transition to the 2014 Edition Certified EHR and the Stage 2 requirements (or the revised Stage 1 requirements, as applicable) over the course of 2014 or 2015,” AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack wrote to the leaders of the agencies that oversee the program. “In addition, the Stage 2 requirements should be more flexible, in recognition that many of the mandated objectives … are new and make providers’ success dependent on the actions of others.” He noted that hospitals support the program’s goals but that “the pace and scope of change are simply too much in the near term to support a safe and orderly transition, particularly given the concurrent move to ICD-10.”