The American Academy of Family Physicians is asking the federal government to start Stage 2 of the electronic health records program on time, but to extend the compliance timeframe by a year.

The association, in a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and ONC leader Farzad Mostashari, M.D., is concerned that regulatory expectations of Stage 2 and its existing timeframe will outstrip the capacity of many EHR vendors and ambulatory family practices to comply. “Though we do not wish to impede the progress of early adopter physicians poised for MU Stage 2 on January 1, 2014, we do not wish to see other family physicians who have committed to health care transformation through the thoughtful application of health I.T. to abandon the MU journey due to factors beyond their control.”

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