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HHS Announces Intent to Extend Stage 1 Until 2014 for 2011 Meaningful Users

On November 30, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officially announced its intent to extend Stage 1 meaningful use (MU) requirements until 2014 for those who began compliance in 2011.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) originally envisioned that meaningful users would be in each stage for two years before moving into the next.  So, 2011 meaningful users were intended to move into Stage 2 in 2013.

In June 2011, the ONC HIT Policy Committee approved a recommendation for CMS and ONC to provide this Stage 1 extension to increase flexibility for early adopters and give HIT vendors a more reasonable window of time in which to make Stage 2 updates to their products and achieve certification.  Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for HIT, publicly stated over the summer that this recommendation would be accepted, thus yesterday’s announcement from HHS was not new information.

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