Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Thursday continued to threaten to use legislative powers to delay the release of the final rules for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use electronic health records program until Jan. 1, 2017.

Alexander threw down the gauntlet on Stage 3 at a committee hearing on “Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology,” which heard witness testimony from CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Patrick Conway, M.D., and National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D.

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