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Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Breaking Down Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation in 2016

November 20, 2015 - As the new year quickly approaches, so does the start of meaningful use attestation under the new final Stage 2 Meaningful Use Modifications Rule. With that final rule comes many changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use that providers will need to take into account as they attest in 2016. What are these changes? What information do providers need to know about meaningful use attestation? B...

CMS published a final rule that specifies the Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. 

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