Senators ask HHS to extend stage 2 MU deadline

09/25/2013 | Healthcare Informatics online

Several Republican senators have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for a one-year delay in the deadline for providers to meet the EHR stage 2 meaningful use requirements. "We are concerned that the regulatory structure of the program has created significant time pressure in 2014, and progressing to Stage 2 may not be feasible for all participants," they wrote. They also expressed concerns that an aggressive timeline may increase medical errors, stymie innovation and widen the digital gap between large provider organizations and small, rural groups.

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