Brush Up on Patient Records Requirements for Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires 80 percent of a physician's patients to have records in the certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to meet certain objectives and measures of the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. For example, the following Stage 1 measures require that more than 80 percent of patients seen by the physician have at least one entry in the EHR: 

  • Up-to-date problem list of current and active diagnoses;
  • Active medication list; and
  • Active medication allergy list.

For more information, view the CMS document that outlines the individual measures. Plus, TMA's EHR Implementation Guide offers a nontechnical view of the steps necessary for the successful introduction of health information technology with an emphasis on the needs of smaller practices. 

If you have questions about the EHR incentive program, visit the TMA website, or contact TMA's Health Information Technology Department by telephone, (800) 880-5720, or by email.  

Action, Aug. 1, 2014