CMS has proposed a new Meaningful Use timeline that would extend Stage 2 through 2016. Eligible providers who have completed two years of Stage 2 would begin Stage 3 in January 2017.
CMS and ONC say the relaxed timeline will allow more thoughtful review of stakeholder feedback and data collection and give vendors more time to prepare their systems for Stage 3 requirements. Several industry groups had called for a Stage 2 delay.
ONC is proposing that certification criteria be updated more frequently, including a 2015 Edition that would be optional for providers and vendors already certified under the 2014 Edition criteria.