Eligible physicians can use electronic health records modules certified for an inpatient setting to meet certain meaningful use objectives and measures, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency explains its reasoning in a new Frequently Asked Question:

“For objectives and measures where the capabilities and standards of EHR technology designed and certified for an inpatient setting are equivalent to or require more information than EHR technology designed and certified for an ambulatory setting, an EP can use the EHR technology designed and certified for an inpatient setting to meet an objective and measure.  There are some EP objectives, however, that have no corollary on the inpatient side. As a result, an EP must possess Certified EHR Technology designed for an ambulatory setting for such objectives.  Please reference ONC FAQ 12-10-021-1 and 9-10-017-2 and CMS FAQ 10162 for discussions on what it means to possess Certified EHR Technology, ONC FAQ 6-12-025-1 for a list of affected capabilities and standards, and how that relates to the exclusion and deferral options of meaningful use.”

More FAQs are available at https://questions.cms.gov/, under Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs.

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