The Meaningful Use Stage 2 Final Rule: Overview and Outlook

"With the final rule, CMS continues its careful, incremental approach to continuing this transitional process and strikes a balance between stakeholders calling for Stage 2 to require demonstrated improvements in care as a result of EHR use and those seeking more flexibility in the rules, with incentives simply to acquire EHR technology. Stage 2 also increases expectations for more robust health information exchange, allowing information to follow the patient through care transitions and referrals."