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CMS Releases New Meaningful Use FAQ

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new frequently asked question (FAQ) Sept. 22, clarifying which care transitions providers may count toward meeting the summary of care stage 2 meaningful use objective. The summary of care objective is one of 16 core objectives CMS requires eligible hospitals to meet to receive an incentive payment and avoid a penalty as part of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

The FAQ provides clarification on measure 2 of the summary of care objective, which requires providers transitioning or referring a patient to another provider to electronically submit a summary of care record to the receiving provider for more than 10 percent of these transitions. Specifically, the FAQ notes that a transition can count toward the measure’s numerator if the provider creates and electronically sends the summary of care to a third party using certified EHR technology, as long as the third party has a role in selecting the next provider and the provider receives the summary of care document. This clarification enables providers to count transactions with organizations that are eHealth Exchange participants.

Please contact Xiaoyi Huang, JD, director of policy, at or 202.585.0127 with feedback or questions.


About the Author

Shahid Zaman is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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