Meaningful Use Update: CMS Officials Clarify How Pathologists Can Qualify for Incentives

| December 7, 2012

Through recent discussions with the College of American Pathologists, CMS officials have clarified that by relying on data entered by others into the ambulatory certified electronic health record (EHR), pathologists may qualify for incentives under the federal Meaningful Use program. Officials also explained that pathologists, like other eligible providers, need to meet the required objectives by using the data in the certified EHR or an applicable exclusion in order to earn an incentive.

This is expected to impact pathologists primarily at academic medical centers, several of whom have already reported to the CAP that they have attested to Meaningful Use and received incentives through this pathway.

In addition, CMS officials indicated that the agency is developing a guidance on specialists and Meaningful Use, and will continue to clarify what a patient encounter means in the context of this federal program if a provider doesn’t have face-to-face contact with patients.

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