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CMS Posts Meaningful Use FAQs for Eligible Hospitals

CMS explains that EPs that perform 90% of their services in hospital settings do not qualify for the EHR Incentive Programs.

By Sara Heath

- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published two frequently asked questions regarding the EHR Incentive Programs.

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First, CMS explained the conditions under which a meaningful use eligible professional (EP) that is hospital based may attest to meaningful use. In short, hospital-based EPs do not qualify for the EHR Incentive Program payments. An EP is considered hospital-based if 90 percent of her services are performed in an inpatient or emergency department setting in a hospital.

A new EP may check her hospital-based status by contacting the CMS EHR information center and providing it with her National Provider Identifier (NPI) and her Tax Identification Number (TIN).

Second, CMS explained the steps meaningful use eligible hospitals (EHs) need to take to meet the specialized registry objective. The process for this is essentially the same as it is for an EP, CMS explained.

However, EHs do not need to explore every specialty society with which its specialists are associated. Instead, hospitals can simply check the jurisdiction and affiliate organizations. If there are no organizations or jurisdictions, EHs can omit the measure.