The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has acted to substantially reduce burdens on hospitals aiming to achieve the meaningful use of electronic health records.

Hospitals are being given another year to use the 2014 Edition of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) software. Facilities also now have the option of continuing to meet modified Stage 2 measures for meaningful use, rather than being required to move to Stage 3 in 2018. Under the new final rule, hospitals now are not required to meet Stage 3 until 2019.

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