CMS publishes its 672-page Stage 2 Final rule in the Federal Register. A statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also notes:
- Stage 2 will begin as early as 2014. No providers will be required to follow the Stage 2 requirements outlined before 2014.
- The announced requirements include certification criteria for the certification of EHR technology.
- The certification program has been modified to cut red tape and make the certification process more efficient.
- Current “2011 Edition Certified EHR Technology” can be used until 2014.