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HIMSS seeks six-month extension of Stage 2 deadline
Modern Healthcare

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other federal officials to extend the deadline by six months for hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals to meet Stage 2 meaningful-use criteria for the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program.

Under current rules, provider organizations that have met Stage 1 requirements for at least two consecutive years need to step up to Stage 2 to remain compliant with the program created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.