The Medical Group Management Association is calling for physicians successfully completing Stage 1 of the electronic health records meaningful use program to not face financial penalties for failure to meet the requirements of Stage 2.

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, MGMA expresses concerns about the current meaningful use environment and the “diminished opportunity” for physicians to meet Stage 2 criteria. There are only 75 software products and 21 Complete EHRs certified for Stage 2 as August 21, the association notes. “This lack of vendor readiness has significant implications for eligible professionals. Without the appropriate software upgrades and timely vendor support, EPs will be unable to meet the Stage 2 requirements and thus will be unfairly penalized starting in 2015.”

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