The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday released the final rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program, garnering both praise and condemnation from stakeholders. But, with strong opposition to the regulations from some industry groups and lawmakers, as well as the opportunity for a 60-day public comment period, the rule may not stand in its current form. 

Stage 3 is intended to be the final stage of the Meaningful Use program. Speaking at a press conference held late yesterday, Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer, said thatproviders in the Meaningful Use program have the option of voluntarily participating in Stage 3 in 2017 with a 90-day reporting period, while participation becomes mandatory in 2018.

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