CMS releases final Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released final Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules, according to a press release. 

According to the press release, the final rules: 

  • Make clear that stage two of the program will begin as early as 2014. No providers will be required to follow the Stage 2 requirements outlined today before 2014.
  • Outline the certification criteria for the certification of EHR technology, so eligible professionals and hospitals may be assured that the systems they use will work, help them meaningfully use health information technology, and qualify for incentive payments.
  • Modify the certification program to cut red tape and make the certification process more efficient.
  • Allow current “2011 Edition Certified EHR Technology” to be used until 2014.

The CMS final rule also provides a flexible reporting period for 2014 to give providers sufficient time to adopt or upgrade to the latest EHR technology certified for 2014.

A fact sheet on CMS’s final rule is available at

(Sources: AHA News Now,, August 23, 2012; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,, August 23, 2012)