Q: Does a provider have to record all clinical data in their certified EHR technology in order to accurately report complete clinical quality measure data for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs?
A: We recognize that providers are continuing to implement new workflow processes to accurately capture clinical data in their certified EHR technology, but many providers are not able to capture all data at this time. Although we encourage providers to capture complete clinical data in order to provide the best care possible for their patients, for the purpose of reporting clinical quality measure data, CMS does not require providers to record all clinical data in their certified EHR technology at this time. CMS recognizes that this may yield numerator, denominator, and exclusion values for clinical quality measures in the certified EHR technology that are not identical to the values generated from other methods (such as record extraction). However, at this time CMS requires providers to report the clinical quality measure data exactly as it is generated as output from the certified EHR technology in order to successfully demonstrate meaningful use. We will continue to collaborate with our partners in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and with industry stakeholders to make further headways in system interoperability, standards for EHR data, as well as certification of vendor products.
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