Senate health committee chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has called for a delay in the finalization of the Stage 3 rule for the electronic health records Meaningful Use program until January 1, 2017, at which time the requirements “should be phased in at a rate that reflects how successfully the program is being implemented.”

Alexander made the announcement during a Sept. 16 committee hearing on EHRs. In calling for the delay, he said “it does not help patients to make these massive changes fast and wrong,” adding that providers “need time do it right.”

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