At first read, the CMS/ONC announcement that Stage 2 of EHR meaningful use will be extended by a year appears to give providers more time to get ready for their first reporting period. But that is not the case, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

CHIME has confirmed with CMS--which later confirmed with Health Data Management--that the extension does not mean a delay in the start date for Stage 2, CHIME CEO Russ Branzell tells Health Data Management. Hospitals still need to start collecting data by July 2014 for their first reporting period in October, and eligible professionals have to start collecting data by October 2014 for the January 2015 reporting period, Branzell explains. Not only are reporting periods unchanged for providers starting Stage 2 in 2014, but also for providers starting Stage 1 in 2014 to avoid reduced Medicare payments in 2015.

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