In response to a growing chorus of industry groups, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has introduced a bill in the House to delay federal rulemaking for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use program until at least 2017.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March released its proposed Stage 3 rule which was roundly criticized by stakeholders who argued that CMS should fix Stage 2 before advancing to the next phase of electronic health records. By delaying the final Stage 3 rule, Ellmers hopes to provide eligible professionals and hospitals with “time to breathe and a reprieve from the unfair penalties” that they must pay for not meeting Stage 2 requirements.

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