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.
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