The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, representing CIOs and other senior health IT leaders, is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay the start of Stage 3 Meaningful Use until at least 2019.

The delay would give providers and vendors the opportunity to adjust to recently announced changes to Stage 2 and to focus on solving interoperability challenges. Currently, the mandatory start of Stage 3 is 2018. However, in a Dec. 14 letter to CMS, CHIME noted the timeline is not seen as reasonable by CIOs and vendors for ensuring that certified electronic health record products are available in the marketplace, arguing that Stage 3 should begin no earlier than 2019—and only after 75 percent of all eligible providers have met Stage 2 requirements.

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