The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is raising a number of concerns about regulations released on Dec. 30 that cover the meaningful use of electronic health records.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based association supports the phased approach under which first-year meaningful use criteria will apply to hospitals whenever they are eligible to receive Medicare incentives. "However, the current schedule places pressure on hospitals that delay in implementing electronic health records, because by 2015, all hospitals and eligible providers would need to meet Stage 3 criteria to avoid payment penalties," according to a CHIME statement.

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