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DEPARTMENTS: PRACTICE POINTS

The Strategic View of Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Part 4

Objective 8

Patient Electronic Access

Hess, Cathy Thomas BSN, RN, CWCN

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Advances in Skin & Wound Care: April 2016 - Volume 29 - Issue 4 - p 192
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000481507.34842.c1
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As we continue to review the objectives and measures for Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use set forth from 2015 through 2017, this month’s column will focus on information detailing Objective 8: Patient Electronic Access. Readers will note this is a 2-part measure (Table). Measure 1 focuses on timely access, allowing patients to have timely access to their electronic health information with the intention to assist the patient in making informed decisions about his/her healthcare. Measure 2 allows the provider to demonstrate that the unique patients were able to view, download, or transmit (to a third party) their health information. In 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created a “Patient Electronic Access Tip sheet.”2 Although the measure has evolved with different thresholds when transitioning to Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use, the questions and answers found within this document provide clarity around terms used in the measure.

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OBJECTIVES AND MEASURES FOR 2015 THROUGH 2017 (MODIFIED STAGE 2)1

Cheers to continued diligent documentation and strategic workflows!

References

1. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. EHR Incentive Programs: 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) Overview. https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/Stage3Overview2015_2017.pdf. Last accessed February 19, 2016.
    2. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Patient Electronic Access Tipsheet. https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/PatientElecAccTipsheet_06182014-.pdf. Last accessed February 19, 2016.
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