MU Compliance Announcement Sparks Concern, Confusion

Scott Mace, December 9, 2013

An announcement from CMS on Meaningful Use implementation deadline changes obscures the fact that the agency fully expects all Stage 2 start dates to remain unchanged.

For a few hours last Friday, healthcare providers thought they were going to get some relief from next year's Meaningful Use Stage 2 implementation deadlines. But what observers are calling a poorly worded announcement from CMS hid the fact that the agency fully expects all Stage 2 start dates to remain unchanged.

Instead, the CMS announcement proposes to push back start dates for Meaningful Use Stage 3, by adding a third year of Stage 2 for those providers who attested for Stage 1 in 2011 or 2012.


See Also: Meaningful Use Deadlines Delayed for 1 Year


Organizations which attested to Meaningful Use Stage 1 during the first year, 2011, and the second year, 2012, are still expected to attest to Meaningful Use Stage 2 during 2014. Those attesting to Stage 1 this year are still expected to attest to Stage 2 in 2015.

What CMS' proposal would mean is that start dates for Meaningful Use Stage 3 attestation would commence not in 2016, but in 2017 at the earliest.

Confusion sown by the Friday announcement even had HIMSS erroneously congratulating CMS for a Stage 2 delay that in fact was not in the cards. On Saturday morning, HIMSS put out a corrective statement expressing the same concern that CHIME had expressed the night before.

Scott Mace

Scott Mace is the senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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