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Republican Senators Request More Time for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

On September 24, Sen. John Thune (R-SD), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and other Republican Senators sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting a one-year extension of Stage 2 meaningful use (MU) for any participants who are not ready. While the letter confuses the concepts of “Stage 2” and “2014 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT),” and does not mention the clinical quality measures (CQM) set or CQM reporting changes in 2014, the primary asks seem to be:

  • Delay the mandatory implementation of 2014 Edition certified EHR products (and next set of CQMs and CQM reporting options) for those in Stage 1.
  • Allow those who would be entering Stage 2 MU in 2014 to remain in Stage 1 MU using 2011 Edition certified products (and the current set of clinical quality measures and CQM reporting options) until 2015.
  • Allow those who already implemented 2014 Edition CEHRT to enter Stage 2 in 2014 and comply as originally planned.

Again, it is not clear what actions they want HHS to take; only that HHS should not hold providers’ feet to the fire on MU participation and technology changes in 2014.

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