HHS announced today that eligible professionals (“EPs”) and hospitals who begin participating in the EHR Incentive Program in 2011 will not have to meet the Stage 2 Meaningful Use standards until 2014.  Therefore, those EPs and hospitals  participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2011 will be able to show Stage 1 meaningful use in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  Those participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in 2011 will show Adopt, Implement or Upgrade in 2011, and Stage 1 meaningful use 2012 and 2013.

If you have questions on achieving meaningful use or the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs please contact Elana Zana.