The American Hospital Association wants proposed rule making changes to the electronic health records meaningful use program to be quickly finalized.

The proposed rule brings new flexibility to meeting requirements of Stages 1 and 2 in 2014, but the rule also comes late in the game with Stage 2 already underway since last October for hospitals and since January for eligible professionals. The final 90-day reporting period for hospitals in 2014 starts on July 1 and many are not ready--they needed the flexibility of the proposed rule long before it came.

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