[EHR Incentive Programs] What information must an eligible professional provide in order to meet the measure of the meaningful use objective for “provide a clinical summary for patients for each office visit” under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs?
The EP must include all of the above that can be populated into the clinical summary by certified EHR technology. If the EP’s certified EHR technology cannot populate all of the above fields, then at a minimum the EP must provide in a clinical summary the data elements for which all EHR technology is certified for the purposes of this program (according to §170.304(h)):
• Problem List
• Diagnostic Test Results
• Medication List
• Medication Allergy List
This answer applies to clinical summaries generated by certified EHR technology for electronic or paper dissemination. Also, if one form of dissemination (paper or electronic) has a more limited set of fields than the other, this does not serve as a limit on the other form. For example, certified EHR technology may be capable of populating a clinical summary with a greater number of data elements when the clinical summary is provided to the patient electronically than when the clinical summary is printed on paper. When the clinical summary in this example is provided electronically, it should include all of the above elements that can be populated by the certified EHR technology. The clinical summary would not be limited by the data elements that are capable of being displayed on a paper printout.