Chart(x) E.H.R. 3.0

Measure 9 Record Smoking Status

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Stage 1

Record Smoking Status
Record smoking status for patients 13 years old or older.
More than 50 percent of all unique patients 13 years old or older seen by the EP have smoking status recorded as structured data.
Any EP who sees no patients 13 years or older.

Definition of Terms

Unique Patient - If a patient is seen by an EP more than once during the EHR reporting period, then for purposes of measurement that patient is only counted once in the denominator for the measure. All the measures relying on the term " Unique Patient" relate to what is contained in the patient's medical record. Not all of this information will need to be update or even be needed by the provider at every patient encounter. This is especially true for patients whose encounter frequency is such that they would see the same provider multiple times in the same EHR reporting period.

Attestation Requirements

  • DENOMINATOR: Number of unique patients seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period.
  • NUMERATOR: Number of patients in the denominator with smoking status recorded as structured data.
  • EXCLUSION: An EP who sees no patients 13 years or older would be excluded from this requirement. EP's must enter "0" in the Exclusion box to attest to exclusion from this requirement.
The resulting percentage must be more than 50 percent in order for an EP to meet this measure.

Addtional Information

  • The provider is permitted, but not required, to limit the measure of this objective to those patients whose records are maintained using certified EHR technology.
  • This is a check of the medical record for patients 13 years old or older. If this information is already in the medical record available through certified EHR technology, an inquiry does not need to be made every time a provider sees a patient 13 years or older. The frequency of updating this information is left to the provider and guidance is provided already from several sources in the medical community. 

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