EHR Incentive Programs: Clinical Decision Support Interventions

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For the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2016, eligible professionals and eligible hospitals must meet the Clinical Decision Support (CDS) objective by:

  • Implementing five CDS rules related to four or more clinical quality measures or related to a high-priority health condition for the eligible professional, eligible hospital, or critical access hospital’s scope of practice or patient population
  • Enabling and implementing functionality for drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks

The CDS objective gives providers flexibility in the types of CDS interventions they employ, as well as the timing of the CDS. Providers can customize the implementation of the CDS to their own needs for their clinical practice and patient population. The CDS should be implemented at a “relevant point in patient care,” which refers to a relevant point in clinical workflows when the intervention can influence clinical decision-making before diagnostic or treatment action is taken in response to the intervention.

Providers are not limited to just “pop-up” alert CDS interventions. They can meet the objective by using other methods of CDS.

To learn more, review the specification sheets for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals.


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