At a news conference on Tuesday, where speakers included HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, new CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin it was announced that the $27.3 BILLION will now be a bit easier to gain access to for both providers as well as hospitals nationwide.

Thanks to some revisions, the “Meaningful Use Regulations” that providers must follow include 20 criteria under a formula that includes 15 mandatory quality measures and 5 others that can be choosen from a “menu” of 10. This change lightens up the otherwise “all or nothing” criteria that was previously set forth.