The Stage 2 final rules make good on the promise of advancing interoperability through care transitions and data exchange standards, and that of increased patient engagement aligned  with Shared Savings goals, and does so through flexible quality measure and certification requirements.

At the same time an inclusionary message was sent through a trio of program enhancements to the provider community through the elimination of Medicare penalties for some late adopters of EHR technology, allowing some hospital-based providers to receive individual incentives and an expansion of Medicaid eligibility.

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