CMS provides guidance on certified EHRs


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on March 12 that its FAQ System contains three new and three updated entries pertaining to the agency's EHR Incentive Programs. The three new FAQs give specific information on certified EHR technology. Read on for the latest queries and click through to read the corresponding answers.

Here are the new FAQs:

1. If an eligible professional (EP) practices at an outpatient location, a location other than an inpatient (place of service 21) or emergency department (place of service 23), and that location is only equipped with certified EHR technology to the criteria applicable to an inpatient setting, must the EP include that location in their meaningful use calculations?

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2. If an EP practices at an outpatient location that has not implemented all the functionalities necessary to meet meaningful use, is that location considered equipped with certified EHR technology? Must that location be included in the EP's meaningful use calculations? Does it matter if the location possesses ambulatory certified EHR Technology covering the relevant meaningful use objectives, but does not implement them?

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3. When combining meaningful use data from multiple locations equipped with certified EHR technology, is it required to have a full meaningful use report from each location or is it acceptable to only collect denominator information from one or more locations?

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Here are the updated FAQs:

1. How and when will incentive payments for the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs be made?

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2. If multiple EPs or eligible hospitals contribute information to a shared portal or to a patient's online personal health record (PHR), how is it counted for meaningful use when the patient accesses the information on the portal or PHR?

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3. If I participated in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program last year, am I required to participate in the following year?

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For more information on the EHR Incentive Programs, click here.