Laboratory Question for the Week of November 14, 2016

Laboratory Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Our question relates to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. One of the meaningful use objectives requires eligible professionals and hospitals to incorporate clinical lab-test results into EHR as structured data. Must there be an explicit linking between structured lab results received into the EHR and the order placed by the physician for the lab test in order to count a structured lab result in the numerator for the measure of this objective?

Answer:

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the only requirement to meet the measure of this objective is that more than 40 percent of all clinical lab tests results ordered during the electronic health record (EHR) reporting is incorporated in certified EHR technology as structured data. Provided the lab result is recorded as structured data and uses the standards to which certified EHR technology is certified, there does not need to be an explicit linking between the lab result and the order placed by the physician in order to count it in the numerator for the measure of this objective in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. For more information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, go to http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms FAQ10136 Archived 12/15/15

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