Government Health IT, May 10, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published additional information about meaningful use, attestation and payment in the frequently asked questions section of its incentive program website. For example, in reference to statements that physicians and hospitals have demonstrated meaningful use, providers must agree that information submitted about clinical quality measures was generated from a certified electronic health record. They must also state that the information is accurate and complete regarding the numerators and denominators, or the ratio of patients seen for whom the provider has demonstrated a measure and that the EHR has generated a report. CMS announced the additional frequently asked questions in an online notice May 6 and now has a total of 145 questions and answers at its website. The agency does not require providers to supply any additional information beyond what the certified EHR technology generates in order to satisfy the requirement for submitting clinical quality measure data in the attestation process.

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