Spotlight on Patient Education

Meaningful Use requires that eligible professionals use certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to identify patient-specific education resources and provide appropriate resources to the patient for more than 10% of unique patients.

CEHRTs use the patient’s problem list, medication list, or laboratory test results to identify clinically relevant educational resources for a specific patient. Additional information maintained within the patient record can also be used in the identification of educational resources.   In meeting this measure:

Audits have found that although providers may have a Meaningful Use report showing that the measure is met, they are unable to demonstrate that their CEHRT identified the educational resource.  Providers are encouraged to maintain supporting documentation (e.g. screen shot) showing your CEHRT suggesting educational resources for a patient.

Providers should work with their vendor to ensure they have an understanding of how their CEHRT generates the suggested educational resources and tracks compliance with this measure.

Upcoming Events

The latest Learning Opportunities information. [PDF 322 KB] 11/5/14

For more news and information please read the latest News Bytes. [PDF 794 KB] 10/9/14

2014 CEHRT Rule Finalized

Effective October 1, 2014, providers that have not been able to fully implement 2014 Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) technology will have additional reporting options when attesting for Program Year 2014.  For details on the rule and its impact, please review: 2014 CEHRT Rule Released Webinar [PDF 602 KB]

If you have questions, please contact the EHR Call Center at 1-855-231-5472.

CMS to Reopen Hardship Exception Application Process

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). The new deadline will be November 30, 2014.
This reopened hardship exception application submission period is for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals that:

These are the only circumstances that will be considered for this reopened hardship exception application submission period. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST November 30, 2014.

Providers can avoid the payment adjustment by successfully attesting to meaningful use through either the Medicaid or Medicare Incentive Programs.  It should be noted that the payment adjustment only applies to those provider types that are eligible to participate in the Medicare Incentive Program.

CMS will be releasing more information on the application process.  In the interim, visit:  Payment Adjustments and Hardship Exceptions webpage for more about Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program payment adjustments.