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CMS FAQs clarify meaningful use attestation rules

For providers working on stage 2 meaningful use attestation who have questions on criteria such as summary of care documents, clinical quality measures (CQMs) or when their EHR incentive checks will be in the mail, good news: CMS clarified these and some other questions via its FAQ page.

CMS regularly updates the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs FAQ section on its website to clarify meaningful use program attestation rules. The most recent changes and additions to the list include a new explanation of the summary of care document updates to seven FAQs on CQMs.

The summary of care explanation addresses the question of whether or not eligible parties may count a transition or referral of care toward the measure if an electronic summary of care document is created through a certified EHR and sent to a third party organization.

The updated CQM FAQs address data reporting required for incentive payments. They include deeper information for calculating data and creating reports. Each update answers similar questions such as how to report on CQMs with no collected data and how to use CQMs from an alternate core set to meet reporting requirements.

The updates also include a FAQ explanation that describes what happens when providers submit documentation, and the time frame in which providers can expect to receive their incentive payment checks.

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