• CMS releases new, updated FAQs for EHR Incentive Programs

    Author | Date November 5, 2013
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have expanded their information on EHR Incentive Programs with the addition of two new and two updated frequently asked questions (FAQs).
    Here is the complete announcement from CMS:
    New and Updated FAQs for the EHR Incentive Programs Now Available
    To keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, CMS has recently added two new and two updated FAQs to the CMS FAQ system. We encourage you to stay informed by taking a few minutes to review the new information below.
    New FAQs:
    1. Can an eligible professional (EP) or hospital charge patients a fee to have access to the certified EHR technology (CEHRT) solution that is used to meet the meaningful use objective of providing patients the ability to view online, download and transmit their health information? Read the answer here.
    2. When meeting the meaningful use measure for “secure messaging” in the EHR Incentive Programs, which requires that more than 5 percent of unique patients send a secure message using the electronic messaging function of CEHRT, is it required that the patient only use an interface that is certified or can any secure message received into the eligible professional’s CEHRT count for this measure? Read the answer here.
    Updated FAQs:
    1. If an 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 CEHRT certified to the criteria applicable to an inpatient setting, must the EP include that location in their meaningful use calculations? Read the answer here.
    2. For Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use objectives of the EHR Incentive Programs that require submission of data to public health agencies, if multiple EPs are using the same CEHRT across several physical locations, can a single test or onboarding effort serve to meet the measures of these objectives?  Read the answer here.
    Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs?
    Make sure to visit the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.
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