OBJECTIVE: Implement drug formulary checks
ASSOCIATED MEASURE: Drug formulary check system is implemented and has access to at least one internal or external drug formulary for the entire reporting period.
METHOD OF MEASURE CALCULATION: Measure requires only a Yes/No Attestation.
THRESHOLD: Capability must be enabled for entire reporting period
ADDITIONAL REGULATORY LANGUAGE: The capability of conducting automated drug-formulary checks is included in the certification criteria for certified EHR technology (to be determined by ONC in its upcoming interim final rule). This automated check provides information to advise the EP or eligible hospital’s decisions in prescribing drugs to a patient. The only action taken by the EP or eligible hospital is to consider this information. Many current EHR technologies have the option to disable these checks and the certification process does not require the removal of this option. Therefore, in order to meet this objective, an EP or eligible hospital would be required to enable this functionality. While this does not ensure that an EP or an eligible hospital is considering the information provided, it does ensure that the information is available.
HEALTH OUTCOMES POLICY PRIORITY: Improving quality, safety, efficiency and reducing health disparities