The Office of the National Coordinator announced yesterday at the HIT Policy Committee meeting its agreement that the Stage 2 meaningful use requirements should be delayed until 2014.  This would mean that eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program can attest to the Stage 1 meaningful use requirements in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and will only have to begin attesting to the Stage 2 requirements in 2014.  This shift does not necessarily have an effect on participants in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, considering the advantage of attesting to “adopt, implement or upgrade” during the first year of the program.

To see the proposed Stage 2 requirements by the HIT Policy Committee click here.