Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program significantly raises the bar for providers to improve the flow of information when patients’ care is transitioned to a different setting or patients are referred to other clinicians.

There are three measures in Stage 3 covering use of standardized summary of care documents. Providers must attest to the numerator and denominator of all three measures, but only have to successfully meet two of them to comply with the Health Information Exchange Objective. But be careful; wording of the provisions in Stage 3 can be tricky.

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