The American Hospital Association in a recent comment letter to the HIT Policy Committee advocates starting Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program in 2014, and only when at least 75 percent of eligible hospitals and eligible professionals have reached Stage 1.

The AHA sent the letter two days before the policy committee took a compromise approach, recommending to federal officials that Stage 2 be delayed to 2014 but only for providers that achieve Stage 1 meaningful use in 2011. But the AHA's arguments for a more comprehensive delay in Stage 2 could be influential as Department of Health and Human Services officials make final decisions on provisions in a proposed rule for Stage 2 expected late this year.

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