Medicare EHR Incentive Program: Locations

Q. I see patients in multiple locations equipped with certified electronic health records (EHRs) — including my office, an ambulatory surgical center, and a hospital. For the Medicare EHR incentive program, should I include all these patient encounters in the denominator for calculating the percentage that occurred in a location with a certified EHR?

A. Yes. Physicians who practice in multiple locations must have 50 percent or more of their patient encounters during the reporting period at practice(s) or location(s) equipped with a certified EHR. A patient encounter is considered any visit where the physician provides medical treatment and/or management services, except in a hospital inpatient department (POS 21) or hospital emergency department (POS 23). (Note: Patient encounter is defined differently for determining the minimum 30-percent threshold volume for the Medicaid EHR incentive program.)

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Published Aug. 9, 2011

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