The HIT Policy Committee recently asked for comments on a proposed Stage 3 definition of “meaningful use of electronic health records,” in addition to overall comments on early proposals for the Stage 3 program.

The American Hospital Association has a simple answer for the definition of Stage 3—it’s too soon to define the requirements. “As of September 2012, fewer than one-third of hospitals had met the Stage 1 requirements and received a Medicare incentive payment,” the association notes in a comment letter to the Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology. “In addition, hospitals have not yet had experience with Stage 2, given that the full set of final rules and specifications were just released last fall and no products to support Stage 2 are currently available.”

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