[EHR Incentive Programs] For Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use objectives of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs that require submission of data to public health agencies, if multiple eligible professionals (EPs) are using the same certified EHR technology across several physical locations, can a single test or onboarding effort serve to meet the measures of these objectives?
The Stage 2 Final Rule (CMS-0044-F) changed the way shared Certified EHR Technologies are handled for testing both for Stage 1 and Stage 2 public health agencies and for the Stage 2 measure option for summary of care records at transitions of care and referrals. Previously, if multiple EPs are using the same certified EHR technology in different physical locations/settings (e.g., different practice locations), there must be a single test performed for each physical location/setting.
Under changes made in the Stage 2 Final Rule providers that use the same EHR technology and share a network for which their organization either has operational control of or license to use can conduct one test that covers all providers in the organization. For example, if a large group of EPs with multiple physical locations use the same EHR technology and those locations are connected using a network that the group has either operational control of or license to use, then a single test would cover all EPs in that group. Similarly, if a provider uses an EHR technology that is hosted (cloud-based) on the developer's network, then a single test for Stage 1 public health measures or a single effort to register and onboard for the Stage 2 public health measures would allow all EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAHs using the EHR technology that is hosted (cloud-based) on the developer's network to meet the measure.
Updated on 10/23/2013