Responding to a flood of provider protests regarding the federal government's electronic health records meaningful use program, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT late yesterday announced a proposed rule allowing providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.

This flexibility is seen as a welcomed reprieve by providers allowing them to use EHRs that have been certified under the 2011 Edition for either Stage 1 or Stage 2 for the purposes of the 2014 reporting year. Daniel Griess, CEO of Box Butte General Hospital, a small critical access hospital in Alliance, Neb., is representative of providers who have been struggling to fully implement the 2014 Edition CEHRT. 

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