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[EHR Incentive Programs] For the meaningful use objective of "record demographics" for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, what documentation is required when recording the preliminary cause of death in the event of mortality?

Eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must record in the patient's EHR the clinical impression and preliminary assessment of the cause of death. No further documentation is required. This measure does not require the cause of death to be updated if the case is referred to the Department of Health or coroner's office.

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