[EHR Incentive Programs] If an eligible professional (EP) sees a patient in a setting that does not have certified electronic health record (EHR) technology but enters all of the patient's information into certified EHR technology at another practice location, can the patient be counted in the numerators and denominators of meaningful use measures for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs?
Starting in 2013, an EP must have access to Certified EHR Technology at a location in order to include patients seen in locations in the determination of whether they meet the threshold of 50% of patient encounters at locations equipped with Certified EHR Technology to be eligible for the EHR Incentive Program. However, if the EP meets this threshold and also includes information on patient encounters at locations where they do not have access to Certified EHR Technology, information about those encounters can be included when calculating the numerators and denominators for the meaningful use measures.
For information about the patient encounters threshold, please visit FAQ 3215.
For more information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please visit http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms.
Last Updated: 08/20/2013