CHIME Calls For Stage 2 Delay

Erin McCann | Government Health IT | May 6, 2013

Responding to a feedback request from Senators on Capitol Hill regarding health IT adoption, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives called for a one-year pushback of the Stage 2 meaningful use deadline and defended the efficacy of the federal incentive program. 

In a May 6 letter addressed to six Senators who have recently voiced skepticism over the current state of health IT, CHIME CEO Russell P. Branzell and CHIME Board Chair George T. Hickman wrote that a one-year extension of Stage 2 would "maximize the opportunity of program success."  

With many providers struggling to meet Stage 1 requirements on top of additional regulations outlined in rules such as HIPAA and ICD-10, the industry needs the extra breathing room, CHIME officials say.