Providers hoping the new final rule making modifications to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program will open the door to getting exemptions from participating are in for disappointment.

Organizations that cannot meet a Stage 2 measure--with one exception--will not be able to get an exemption from that measure and attest. Details in the final rule have the effect of limiting providers more than the industry expected, says Jason Fortin, a senior advisor at health information technology implementation and consulting firm Impact Advisors.

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