The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in a new frequently asked question clarifies the issue of providers rounding up their patient volume percentage when attesting for meaningful use of electronic health records under Medicaid:

Question: “Can eligible professionals (EPs) or eligible hospitals round their patient volume percentage when calculating patient volume in the Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) incentive program?”

Answer: “To participate in the Medicaid EHR incentive program, EPs are required to demonstrate a patient volume of at least 30% Medicaid patients over a 90-day period in the prior calendar year or in the 12 months before attestation.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allow rounding 29.5% and higher to 30% for purposes of determining patient volume.  Similarly, pediatric patient volume may be rounded from 19.5% and higher to 20%.  Finally, acute care hospitals are required to demonstrate a patient volume of at least 10% Medicaid patients over a 90-day period in the prior fiscal year preceding the hospital's payment year or in the 12 months before attestation.  Hospitals' patient volume may be rounded from 9.5% and higher to 10%.”

The full set of meaningful use FAQs is here.

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