Meaningful Use Mock Audit Webinar – Q&A and Encore Event
CMS EHR Incentives 2.0
I’ve written extensively about how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct EHR incentive audits on at least five percent of the program participants for each stage of meaningful use.While a small portion of these audits will be random, the rest will be triggered by red flags based on attestation data and lack of adequate documentation of meaningful use measures.
A couple of interesting questions were posed during the event which I’ve answered below:
Q: Can an Eligible Professional initiate the secure electronic message process and count it toward the numerator if they receive a message back from the patient?
A: Secure Electronic Messages is a core measure for Stage 2 beginning in 2014. The measure is defined as “A secure message was sent using the electronic messaging function of CEHRT by more than 5 percent of unique patients (or their authorized representatives) seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period.” Nowhere in the relevant documents is the requirement that the communication must begin with the patient. I am aware of no guidance that says that a patient reply would not be as meaningful use for the purposes of the measure.
Relevant document links: