Find Out More about Calculations for Objectives and Measures Requiring Patient Action in the EHR Incentive Programs
Friday, January 13, 2017 9:31 AM
CMS recently updated an FAQ to provide information about calculations for electronic health record
(EHR) Incentive Programs
objectives and measures requiring patient action.
: In calculating the meaningful use objectives requiring patient
action, if a patient sends a message or accesses his/her health
information made available by their eligible professional (EP), can the
other EPs in the practice get credit for the patient’s action in
meeting the objectives?
If attribution of the message is impossible (it absolutely cannot be
determined who from the group practice sent it), it may be counted in the
numerator for any provider within the group sharing the CEHRT who has
contributed information to the patient's record, if that provider also has
the patient in their denominator for the EHR reporting period. However, if
the message is attributed to a specific provider, then it cannot count. The
transitive effect applies to the Secure Electronic Messaging objective, the
second measure of the Patient Electronic Access (View, Download and
Transmit) objective, and the Patient Specific Education objective.
For more information about the EHR Incentive Programs, visit the EHR Incentive Programs page on the CMS website.