Bar Raised for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Howard Mevis

Orthopaedic surgeons may well consider Sept. 4, 2014, as a “date that will live in infamy.” On that date, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) published final regulations for meeting Stage 2 meaningful use criteria for electronic medical records (EMRs).

Although the regulations were touted as providing “additional flexibility” in meeting the requirements, they also present significant hurdles and create substantial additional burdens for eligible providers (EPs).

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