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2013 Meaningful Use Changes

Stage 1 Changes and Timing:

Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE):

  • Change: Addition of an alternative measure based on the total number of medication orders created during the EHR reporting period
    Timing: 2013 and onward

  • Change: Revised the description of who can enter orders into the EHR and have it count as CPOE 
    Timing: 2013 and onward

Electronic Prescribing:

  • Change: Additional exclusion to the objective for electronic prescribing for providers who are not within a 10 mile radius of a pharmacy that accepts electronic prescriptions
    Timing: 2013 and onward

Record and Chart Changes in Vital Signs:

  • Change: Age limit increased for recording blood pressure in patients from ages 2 to ages 3;  no age limit for height and weight
    Timing: Optional in 2013; required starting in 2014

  • Change: Exclusion if the EP sees no patients 3 years or older, if all three vital signs are not relevant to their scope of practice, if height and weight are not relevant to their scope of practice, or if blood pressure is not relevant to their scope of practice
    Timing: Optional in 2013; required starting in 2014

Public Health Reporting Objectives:

  • Change: Require that providers perform at least one test of their certified EHR technology’s capability to send data to public health agencies, except where prohibited
    Timing: Required in 2013 and onward (for all Stage 1 public health objectives)

Electronic Exchange of Key Clinical Information:

  • Change: Objective for electronic exchange of key clinical information no longer required for Stage
    Timing: No longer required in 2013 and onward
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