Health information technology legal and policy wonks wading through the final Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use rules are finding provisions and language that are causing a few “ah-ha!” moments.

Robin Raiford, research director at The Advisory Board Company, a consultancy, gave a big sigh of relief to read in the final rule that hospitals have until July 1, 2014, to have the 2014 Edition of Stage 2 certified electronic health records software, rather than when the 2014 fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, 2013. Being ready in 13 months was going to be a real stretch for hospitals and their EHR vendors, she notes.

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