Meaningful Use Proposed Rule – NPRM Extends Stage 2 & Certification

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would extend electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use (MU) attestation requirements for physicians to qualify for Medicare incentive payments. The proposed rule, which must still be finalized, extends Stage 2 through 2016 and would allow EHR adopters still on 2011 certified systems to attest in 2014. The proposed rule indicates that the Agencies are aware of the burdens on physicians to meet compliance and are responding to the outcry from the medical community. The final rule is anticipated in early fall.