Proposed rules for Stage 3 of meaningful use offer hospitals some flexibility in hitting required objectives, but hospital CIOs find some challenging targets in their initial review of the regulation.

The notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM), released late Friday afternoon by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, details the agency’s initial proposal for criteria that hospitals and physician organizations will need to achieve to qualify for incentive funding for Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Program. The rule will officially be published on March 30, and organizations will have 60 days after that to file comments on the proposed rule.

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