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For eligible professionals (EPs) who see patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings (e.g., hospital and clinic), and where certified electronic health record (EHR) technology is available at each location, should these EPs base their denominators for meaningful use objectives on the number of unique patients in only the outpatient setting or on the total number of unique patients from both settings?

In this case, EPs should base both the numerators and denominators for meaningful use objectives on the number of unique patients in the outpatient setting, since this setting is where they are eligible to receive payments from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

For more information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please visit http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms.


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