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Stage 2 Core Measure 17

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Objective: Use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information.
Measure: A secure message was sent using the electronic messaging function of Certified EHR Technology by more than 5 percent of unique patients (or their authorized representatives) seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period.
Exclusion:

  1. Has no office visits during the EHR reporting period.
  2. Who conducts 50 percent or more of his or her patient encounters in a county that does not have 50 percent or more of its housing units with 3Mbps broadband availability according to the latest information available from the FCC on the first day of their EHR reporting period.

CMS Specification Sheet

TennCare Notes
This objective and measure does not align with anything in Stage 1 Meaningful Use. This measure, like Stage 2 Core Measure 10, actively involves patients in using health information technology.

Federal Regulations Governing This Measure

CMS' Final Rule

§ 495.6(j)(17)(ii) see objective, measure and exclusion above

Standards and Certification Final Rule

§ 170.314(e)(3) Secure messaging. Enable a user to electronically send messages to, and receive messages from, a patient in a manner that ensures:
    (i) Both the patient (or authorized representative) and EHR technology user are
         authenticated; and
    (ii) The message content is encrypted and integrity-protected in accordance with the
          standard for encryption and hashing algorithms specified at § 170.210(f).
Depending on the type of certification issued to the EHR technology, it will also have been certified to the certification criterion adopted at 45 CFR 170.314 (g)(1), (g)(2), or both, in order to assist in the calculation of this meaningful use measure.

§ 170.210(f) Encryption and hashing of electronic health information. Any encryption and hashing algorithm identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an approved security function in Annex A of the FIPS Publication 140-2 (incorporated by reference in § 170.299.)