The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Stage 2 of the Medicare EHR incentive program (Meaningful Use) would be delayed until 2014. Under the current requirements, eligible professionals (EPs) that begin participating in the meaningful use incentive program this year would have to meet new and more challenging standards for the program in 2013. If an EP did not participate in the meaningful use program until 2012, they could wait to meet these new standards until 2014 and still be eligible for the same incentive payment. In an effort to encourage faster adoption, EPs are permitted to adopt an EHR this year, without meeting the new standards until 2014.

Read the HHS press release here.