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CMS Releases Guidance for Meaningful Use Summary of Care Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated guidance to help hospitals meet measure 2 of the stage 2 summary of care objective for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

In a Nov. 14 frequently asked questions document that updates a document released in September, CMS clarified that qualifying summary of care documentation may include documentation provided through a transition of care or referral to a third-party organization.

The summary of care document must be created using certified EHR technology (CEHRT) and transmitted electronically using standard CEHRT capabilities or via an exchange, using an eHealth Exchange participant. The third-party organization can confirm for the sending provider that the summary of care document was received by the next provider of care. There are no specific requirements regarding technical standards or methods by which the third party delivers the summary of care document to the receiving provider.

The summary of care objective is optional for stage 1 meaningful use requirements, but is required for stage 2. Contact Xiaoyi Huang, JD, director of policy at or 202.585.0127, with questions.


About the Author

Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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