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CMS Updates Meaningful Use FAQs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) site for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

CMS updated the FAQ for the meaningful use objective that requires eligible professionals to submit electronic immunization data to an immunization registry. The FAQ states that eligible professionals who do not administer immunizations should not attest to the related meaningful use measure if they are part of a group practice that submits immunization data to a public health agency. These providers should claim the exclusion for the measure. If a provider does administer immunizations, but did not administer any immunizations during a reporting period, the provider should not claim the exclusion as long as the provider reports the appropriate data.

Additionally, CMS updated the FAQ for the objective that requires providers to provide a summary of care document for patients who are transitioned or referred to another care setting. This objective only applies to transitions or referrals to providers with a different billing identity, such as a national provider identifier or hospital CMS certification number.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Erin O’Malley, director of policy, at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127.

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