CMS Designated Test EHR Program update.
Cerner and Epic Systems have joined iPatientCare as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Designated Test EHR Program participants, joining the ranks of Meditech and McKesson. Since the Test EHR Program was launched just over a year ago, more than 4,000 providers have registered to conduct tests, and more than 5,000 have successfully attested to the transition-of-care Meaningful Use (MU) core objective.
The MU Stage 2's transition-of-care objective, measure No. 3, requires eligible professionals and eligible hospitals/critical access hospitals to either: A) Conduct one or more successful electronic exchanges of a summary-of-care document, with a recipient who has EHR technology designed by a different EHR developer than the sender's; or B) Conduct one or more successful tests with the CMS-designated test EHR during the EHR reporting period via the Test EHR Program. The preferred method is the first one: A.
The Test EHR is available as a last-resort option to meet this measure if the first option cannot be met. It is also important to note that this summary-of-care exchange requirement can be met during any time in the reporting year and does not have to occur within the actual reporting period.
In December 2014, CMS released an updated FAQ that offered measure No. 3 to providers who were not able to meet the MU Stage 2 transition-of-care objective. This could be done through either of the two options mentioned and offers the opportunity to retain and submit documentation for attestation explaining their circumstances.
Additional resources are available to providers and EHR developers at www.healthit.gov, including the ONC Test EHR page.
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|Publication:||Health Management Technology|
|Date:||May 1, 2015|
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