Meaningful Use Guidance from CMS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions site with clarification of the transition of care measure for purposes of attestation of stage 2 of meaningful use. Specifically, CMS has addressed whether an eligible professional or eligible hospital may count a transition of care or referral in its numerator for the measure if they electronically create and send a summary of care document utilizing a certified electronic health record to a third party organization that plays a role in determining the next provider of care and ultimately delivers the summary of care document. CMS’ response is accessible here: https://questions.cms.gov/faq.php?faqId=10660.
CMS has also published a transition of care tip sheet to assist eligible professionals and eligible hospitals in their efforts to satisfy the Summary of Care Stage 2 objective relating to transitions of care. The tip sheet is accessible here.