The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has added a third year to Stage 2 of the EHR meaningful use program and has delayed the start of Stage 3 until 2017. Providers with at least two years of participation in Stage 2 can start Stage 3--the criteria of which remains in development--in 2017.

However, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, after consulting with CMS, contends that extension of Stage 2 does not change current reporting timelines during 2014 and providers may or may not receive a third year of incentive payments under Stage 2 (see story).

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