Consolidated merged onto the scene with the announcement of the final rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2 in February 2012. A term unheard of by most before the final rule, C-CDA was an attempt to correct some of the difficulties of the version mandated for Meaningful Use Stage 1. As of 2014, Consolidated CDA remains a Draft Standard for Trial Use, which has drawn some criticism, but it still offers many advantages over standards used in Meaningful Use Stage 1.
Consolidated CDA is a compilation of nine different types of documents, including a revised CCD, and is utilized to construct the summary documents for Meaningful Use Stage 2. This paper serves to untangle some of the terminology around Consolidated CDA, including answering: