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CMS Releases Final Rule on EHR Incentive Programs - Stage 2 (Meaningful Use)

On August 23, 2012, CMS released the final rule governing Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.  These programs were authorized by the HITECH Act, part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.  The final rule establishes the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals and eligible hospitals must meet in order to participate in and receive incentives through the EHR Incentive Programs.

The final rule can be found here:  -

HHS’ press release is available here, with links to CMS and ONC fact sheets:

For information about the EHR Incentive Programs in general, see:

We will be posting an analysis of the final rule on this site shortly.