On December 6, 2013­, CMS and the Office of National Coordinator proposed a new meaningful use timeline that will allow providers to focus on the successful implementation of Stage 2 and use data from this interoperability and patient engagement stage to inform policy decisions for Stage 3.

Stage 2 will be extended through 2016 and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for those who have completed at least two years in Stage 2. Additionally, ONC proposed an approach for certification that allows ample time for developers to create and distribute certified EHR technology before Stage 3 begins.

We think this is exciting news and want to remind you that the UCF REC remains available to support your meaningful use goals – even after the federal funding for the REC program ends.

To learn how the UCF REC can help you with Meaningful Use Stage 2 contact Susan Grace at sgrace@ucf-rec.org or 407.309.4789


The attached release provides more detail or you can read the CMS blog and visit the EHR Incentive Programs website.  We look forward to continued support of your health IT goals.