As the implications of the CMS Stage 2 final rule continue to unfold, more questions inevitably arise. One of these questions involves the status of “credentialed medical assistants” in the computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system with regard to Stages 1 and 2. The CMS website addresses this very question:
Q: Does the inclusion of [credentialed medical assistants] in the list of professionals who can enter orders into the EHR using CPOE and have them count in the numerator of the CPOE measure apply to Stage 1 as well as Stage 2?
A: We have revised the description of who can enter orders into the EHR and have it count as CPOE and have it count for purposes of the CPOE measure. This revision is available for EHR reporting periods in 2013 and beyond regardless of what stage of meaningful use the provider is attesting to.
I will continue to keep you updated as more questions are raised—and answered—in the wake of this important ruling.