Meaningful Use Criteria for Eligible Hospitals and Eligible Professionals (EPs)

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1 Meaningful Use Criteria for Eligible and Eligible Professionals (EPs) Under the Electronic Health Record (EHR) meaningful use final rules established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to achieve meaningful use under Stage 1 and qualify of the EHR incentive payments authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 200, eligible hospitals and EPs must attest to achieving certain EHR functionality objectives and corresponding measurement thresholds for each of the objectives. CMS has built some flexibility into the meaningful use criteria through the establishment of core objectives and menu objectives. In most instances, CMS has aligned, for eligible hospitals and EPs, the core and menu functionality objectives and the corresponding measurement thresholds. In total, to achieve meaningful use under Stage 1, eligible hospitals must attest to meeting the measurement thresholds for 1 of 24 EHR functionality objectives (20 of 25 for EPs). For eligible hosptials, 14 of the objectives are required and considered core objectives (15 for EPs). Both eligible hospitals and EPs must choose 5 addition objectives from a menu set of objectives. At least one objective related to public health must be selected from the menu set. Eligible hospitals and EPs that meet exception criteria for certain objectives are not required to meet those objectives. The matrix below provides, in sum, the Stage 1 core and menu EHR functionality objectives, corresponding measurement thresholds, and exceptions for eligible hospitals and EPs. EHR EHR Denominator 1 Use (CPOE) for Medication Orders for orders directly entered by any licensed healthcare professional who can enter orders into the medical record per state, local, and professional guidelines denominator that have at least one medication order entered using CPOE. Number of unique patients with at least one medication in their medication list or seen by the EP Yes 30% for Stage 1 (60% for Stage 2) than 0 prescriptions 2 Implement Drug-Drug and Drug-ergy Checks Eligible hospital or EP has enabled this functionality for the entire EHR reporting 3 Maintain an Up-to-Date Problem List of Current and Active Diagnoses (or an indication that no problems are known for the patient) recorded as structured data in their problem list. EP No 80% 4 Maintain Active Medication List (or an indication that the patient is not currently prescribed any medication) recorded as structured data. EP No 80% 5 Maintain Active Medication ergy List The number of unique patients in the (or an indication that the patient has no known medication allergies) recorded as structured data in their medication allergy EP list. No 80% 6 Record Demographics (preferred language, gender, race, ethnicity, date of birth, date and preliminary cause of death in the event of mortality in the eligible hospital [last objective is for eligible hospitals only]). denominator who have all the elements of demographics (or a specific exclusion if the patient declined to provide one or more elements or if recording an element is contrary to state law) recorded as structured data. EP No 50% 1 of 5

2 7 Record and Chart Changes in Vital Signs (height, weight, blood pressure, calculate and display BMI, and plot and display growth charts for children 2-20 years, including BMI. Number of unique patients age 2 or over of their height, weight and blood pressure or seen by the EP are recorded as structure data. Any EP who either sees no patients 2 years or older, or who believes that all three vital signs of height, weight, and blood pressure of their patients have no relevance to their scope of practice. 8 Record Smoking for Patients 13 Years or Older denominator with smoking status recorded as structured data. Number of unique patients age 13 or older or seen by the EP Any eligible hospital that admits no patients 13 years or older to their inpatient or emergency departments (POS 21 or 23). Any EP who sees no patients 13 years or older. Report 15 Hospital Clinical Quality Measures (6 Ambulatory in the case of EPs) to CMS (in the case of Medicaid hospitals or EPs, quality measures would be reported to the state) Yes For 2011, an eligible hospital or EP would provide the aggregate level data for the numerator, denominator, and exclusions related to the required quality measures through attestation. For 2012, an eligible hospital or EP would electronically submit these measures. Implement One Clinical Decision Support Rule and Have Ability to Track Compliance with Rule (for eligible hospitals, the rule must be related to a high clinical priority; for EPs, the rule must be relevant to specialty for EPs) Eligible hospital or EP must implement one clinical decision support rule. 11 Provide Patients with an Electronic Copy of their Health Information Upon Request (must include diagnostic test results, problem list, medication lists, medication allergies, and discharge summary, procedures [last objective is for eligible hospitals only]) denominator who receive an electronic copy of their electronic health information within three business days. The number of patients of the eligible hospital s inpatient or emergency departments (POS 21 or 23) or EP who request an electronic copy of their electronic health information four business days prior to the end of the EHR reporting Any eligible hospital or EP that has no requests from patients or their agents for an electronic copy of patient health information 12 Capability to Electronically Exchange Key Clinical Information Among Providers of Care and Patient Authorized Entities (for example, problem list, medication list, medication allergies, and diagnostic test results) Eligible hospital or EP must perform at least one test with another entity of the capacity to electronically exchange key clinical information. The test must include the transfer of either actual or dummy data to the chosen other entity. 13 Protect Electronic Health Information (protect information created or maintained by the certified EHR technology through the implementation of appropriate technical capabilities) Eligible hospital or EP must conduct or review a security risk analysis in accordance with the requirements under 45 CFR (a)(1) and implement security updates as necessary and correct identified security deficiencies as part of its risk management process. 2 of 5

3 14 Provide Patients with an Electronic Copy of their Discharge Instructions (at the time of discharge) denominator who are provided an electronic copy of discharge instructions. Number of patients discharged from an departments (POS 21 or 23) who request an electronic copy of their discharge instructions and procedures during the EHR reporting Any eligible hospital that has no requests from patients or their agents for an electronic copy of the discharge instructions 14 Generate and Transmit Permissible Prescriptions Electronically (erx) The number of prescriptions in the denominator generated and transmitted electronically. Number of prescriptions written for drugs requiring a prescription in order to be dispensed other than controlled substances Yes 40% than 0 prescriptions 15 Provide Clinical Summaries for Patients for Each Office Visit Number of patients in the denominator who are provided a clinical summary of their visit within 3 business days. Number of unique patients seen by the EP for an office Any EP who has no office visits during the EHR reporting 1 Implement Drug-Formulary Checks Eligible hospital or EP has enabled this functionality and has access to at least one internal or external formulary for the entire EHR reporting than 0 prescriptions 2 Incorporate Clinical Lab-Test Results into EHR as Structured Data Number of lab tests ordered during the EHR reporting period by the authorized The number of lab test results whose providers of the eligible hospital or results are expressed in a positive or patients admitted to an eligible hospital s negative affirmation or as a number which inpatient or emergency departments (POS are incorporated as structured data. 21 & 23) or EP whose results are expressed in a positive or negative affirmation or as a number. Yes 40% An EP who orders no lab tests whose results are either in a positive/negative or numeric format during the EHR reporting 3 Generate Lists of Patients by Specific Conditions to use for quality improvement, reduction of disparities, research, or outreach Generate at least one report listing patients of the eligible hospital or EP with a specific condition. 4 Use Certified EHR Technology to Identify Patient-Specific Education Resources and provide those resources to the patient if appropriate Number of patients in the denominator who are provided patient education specific resources. EP No % 3 of 5

4 5 Perform Medication Reconciliation when a patient is received from another setting or provider of care or the eligible hospital, or EP believes the encounter is relevant The number of transitions of care in the denominator where medication reconciliation was performed. Number of transitions of care during the EHR reporting period for which the eligible hospital s inpatient or emergency departments (POS 21 to 23) or EP was the receiving party of the transition. An EP who was not the recipient of any transitions of care during the EHR reporting 6 Provide Summary Care Record for Each Transition of Care or Referral when an eligible hospital or EP transitions their patient to another setting or provider of care or refers their patient to another provider of care The number of transitions of care and referrals in the denominator where a summary of care record was provided. Number of transitions of care and referrals period for which the eligible hospital s inpatient or emergency departments (POS 21 to 23) or EP was the transferring or referring provider. An EP who neither transfers a patient to another setting nor refers a patient to another provider during the EHR reporting 7 Capability to Submit Electronic Data to Immunization Registries or Immunization Information Systems and Actual Submission According to Applicable Law and Practice EHR technology's capacity to submit electronic data to immunization registries and follow up submission if the test is successful (unless none of the immunization registries to which the eligible hospital or EP submits such information have the capacity to receive the information electronically). The test must include the transfer of either actual or dummy data to the chosen public health agency. An eligible hospital or EP that administers no immunizations period or where no immunization registry has the capacity to receive the information electronically. 8 Capability to Submit Electronic Syndromic Surveillance Data to Public Health Agencies and Actual Submission According to Applicable Law and Practice EHR technology's capacity to provide electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies and follow-up submission if the test is successful (unless none of the public health agencies to which the eligible hospital or EP submits information have the capacity to receive the information electronically). The test must include the transfer of either actual or dummy data to the chosen public health agency. An EP who does not collect any reportable syndromic information on their No public health agency to patients during the EHR which the eligible hospital reporting period or does submits information has not submit such the capacity to receive the information to any public information electronically. health agency that has the capacity to receive the information electronically. Record Advance Directives for Patients 65 Years or Older denominator with an indication of an advanced directive entered using structured data. Number of unique patients age 65 or older department (POS 21) during the EHR reporting An eligible hospital that admits no patients age 65 years old or older during the EHR reporting 4 of 5

5 Capability to Submit Electronic Data on Reportable Lab Results to Public Health Agencies and Actual Submission According to Applicable Law and Practice (as required by state or local law) EHR technology s capacity to provide electronic submission of reportable lab results to public health agencies and followup submission if the test is successful (unless none of the public health agencies to which an eligible hospital or EP submits such information have the capacity to receive the information electronically). The test must include the transfer of either actual or dummy data to the chosen public health agency. No public health agency to which the eligible hospital submits such information has the capacity to receive the information electronically. Send Reminders to Patients Per Patient Preference for Preventive/Follow-up Care denominator who were sent the appropriate reminder. Number of unique patients 65 years or older or 5 years or younger seen by the EP Yes 20% An EP who has no patients 65 years old or older or 5 years old or younger with records maintained using certified EHR technology. Provide Patients with Timely Electronic Access to Their Health Information Within denominator who have timely (available to 4 Business Days of the Information Being the patient within 4 business days of being Number of unique patients seen by the EP Available to the EP (including lab results, problem list, medication lists, and allergies) updated in the certified EHR technology) electronic access to their health information online. No % subject to EP's discretion to withhold certain information. Any EP that neither orders nor creates any of the information listed at 45 CFR (g) during the EHR reporting 5 of 5

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