ORLANDO — Just when I thought that meaningful use might not be the focal point of HIMSS14, a coalition of 48 health care organizations — including CHIME and the AHA — this morning issued a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius calling for greater regulatory flexibility. The groups are particularly concerned about vendors’ ability to deliver certified EHRs on time, cautioning that “the pace and scope of change have outstripped the ability of vendors to support providers.

We are concerned this dynamic will cause providers to either abandon the possibility of meeting Meaningful Use criteria in 2014 or be forced to implement a system much more rapidly than would otherwise be the case.”

The groups called on HHS to extend the window to comply with stages 1 and 2 to 2015.

Beyond meaningful use, there are a host of other hot advocacy issues on the docket. I caught up with CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell yesterday at the organization’s spring meeting, which is sort of a pre-HIMSS14 kickoff. In the video below, he discusses other topics high on the CHIME advocacy agenda and an effort the group is undertaking to expand its offerings for its members through new educational and advisory services.