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[EHR Incentive Programs] If a provider purchases a certified Complete Electronic Health Record (EHR) or has a combination of certified EHR Modules that collectively satisfy the definition of certified EHR technology, but opts to use a different, uncertified EHR technology to meet certain meaningful use core or menu set objectives and measures, will that provider be able to successfully demonstrate meaningful use under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs?

No, the provider would not be able to successfully demonstrate meaningful use. To successfully demonstrate meaningful use, a provider must do three things:

1. Have certified EHR technology capable of demonstrating meaningful use, either through a complete certified EHR or a combination of certified EHR modules;

2. Meet the measures or exclusions for 20 Meaningful Use objectives (19 objectives for eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)); and

3. Meet those measures using the capabilities and standards that were certified to accomplish each objective.

A provider using uncertified EHR technology to meet one or more of the core or menu set measures would not be using the capabilities and standards that were certified to accomplish each objective. Please note that this does not apply to the use of uncertified EHR technology and/or paper-based records for purposes of reporting on certain meaningful use measures (i.e., measures other than clinical quality measures), which is addressed in FAQ #10589.

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

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