OBJECTIVE: Capability to exchange key clinical information (for example, discharge summary, procedures, problem list, medication list, medication allergies, diagnostic test results), among providers of care and patient authorized entities electronically.
ASSOCIATED MEASURE: Performed at least one test of certified EHR technology's capacity to electronically exchange key clinical information. Measure requires only a Yes/No Attestation.
METHOD OF MEASURE CALCULATION: Measure requires only a Yes/No attestation.
THRESHOLD: To be considered an ‘‘exchange’’ for this objective and measure the clinical information must be sent between different legal entities with distinct certified EHR technology or other system that can accept the information
ADDITIONAL REGULATORY LANGUAGE: In the proposed rule, CMS defined the term “diagnostic test results “ as all data needed to diagnose and treat disease, such as blood tests, microbiology, urinalysis, pathology tests, radiology, cardiac imaging, nuclear medicine tests, and pulmonary function tests. CMS maintains this description for the final rule.
- By ‘‘patient authorized entities’’, we mean any individual or organization to which the patient has granted access to their clinical information. Examples would include an insurance company that covers the patient, an entity facilitating health information exchange among providers or a personal health record vendor identified by the patient.
HEALTH OUTCOMES POLICY PRIORITY: Improve care coordination