15 Core Measures

The 15 Core Benchmarks…

First, there are fifteen benchmarks that must be in place to qualify as Meaningful Use. These are:

  1. Complete patient demographics which includes gender, race, date of birth and preferred language

    a minimum of 50% of the time

  2. Comprehensive vital signs to include height, weight, blood pressure, BMI and pediatric growth charts

    a minimum of 50% of the time

  3. An updated problem list

    a minimum of 80% of the time

  4. An updated medication list

    a minimum of 80% of the time

  5. An updated medication allergy list

    a minimum of 80% of the time

  6. Smoking status recorded for patients ages 13 and over

    a minimum of 50% of the time

  7. Provide to the patient a detailed medical summary of their office visit within three business days

    a minimum of 50% of the time

  8. Upon patient request, provide to patient an electronic copy of their health records within three business days

    a minimum of 50% of the time

  9. Produce electronic prescriptions

    a minimum of 40% of the time

  10. Use a Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) for medication orders

    a minimum of 30% of the time

  11. Use drug-to-drug and drug-to-allergy interaction checks

    a minimum of 40% of the time

  12. The ability to exchange pertinent clinical information amongst medical providers, including testing the EMR’s electronic capability
  13. Implement one clinical decision support rule and the capability to track compliance with the rule
  14. Implement a system whereby patient privacy and the security of patient medical data is protected, via a security risk analysis
  15. Report clinical quality measures to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) or the physician’s individual state; for 2011 provide aggregate numerator and denominator through attestation and for 2012, electronically submit measures