The Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act brings immediate relief for eligible professionals and hospitals that were rushing to try and attest to Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program this year. However, the eventual hurdles to Stage 3 remain and could loom even larger unless other changes are made to the program.

Signed into law Monday evening by President Obama, the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act makes it easier for eligible professionals and hospitals to apply for hardship exemptions from requirements of the Meaningful Use program governing electronic health records.

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