17 U.S. Senators Ask HHS To Extend Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Matthew Smith | Health Directions | September 26, 2013

Seventeen Republican U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelieus making a compelling argument for implementing a one-year extension to Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.

Here is text of the letter, dated September 24:
“Dear Madam Secretary:

“The Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use Incentive Program has played a significant role in advancing the adoption of health information technology across the country. However, given the feedback from stakeholders on the timing of Stage 2 of the program, we respectfully request an extension of Stage 2 by one year for providers who need extra time to meet the new requirements. Providers who are ready to attest to Stage 2 in 2014 should be able to do so consistent with current policy.