8 new FAQs on the EHR Incentive Programs


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to bulk up its online resources for eligible providers and hospitals looking to qualify for EHR meaningful use incentive payments. CMS announced on Jan. 8 that it has added 8 new frequently asked questions (FAQs) and their answers on the agency's FAQ webpage. The questions and answers pertain to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, which are administered by CMS.

Here are the new questions, with corresponding links to the answers:

Can EPs who are not anesthesiologists, pathologists and radiologists apply for the exception for lack of face-to-face patient interaction and lack of need for follow-up?

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Does the inclusion of certified Medical Assistant in the list of professionals who can enter orders into the EHR using CPOE and have them count in the numerator?

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If I am participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program but also provide care to Medicare patients, am I subject to the Medicare payment adjustments?

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To meet the third measure of the objective of providing “a summary of care record for each transition of care or referral" for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, must the electronic exchange with a recipient using technology designed by a different EHR developer occur for each provider or can there be one exchange per location? What if the provider chooses instead to exchange information with the CMS test EHR?

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What are the specific medical specialty codes associated with anesthesiology, radiology and pathology for the specialty-based determination for the granting of a hardship exception from the payment adjustments in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program?

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For the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, how are incentive payments determined for EPs practicing in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)?

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If multiple eligible professionals 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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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 additional information about the EHR Incentive Programs, click here.