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Objective: Record all of the following demographics:

  1. Preferred language.
  2. Sex.
  3. Race.
  4. Ethnicity.
  5. Date of birth.
Measure: More than 80 percent of all unique patients seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period have demographics recorded as structured data.
Exclusion: No exclusion.

CMS Specification Sheet

TennCare Notes
Aligning with Core Measure 7 of Stage 1 Meaningful Use, this measure increases the threshold to 80 percent from 50 percent.

Federal Regulations Governing This Measure

CMS' Final Rule

§ 495.6(j)(3)(ii) see objective, measure and exclusion above

Standards and Certification Final Rule

§ 170.314(a)(3) Record demographics. Enable a user to electronically record, change, and access patient demographic data including preferred language, sex, race, ethnicity, and date of birth.

  • Enable race and ethnicity to be recorded in accordance with the standard specified in § 170.207(f) and whether a patient declines to specify race and/or ethnicity.
  • Enable preferred language to be recorded in accordance with the standard specified in § 170.207(g) and whether a patient declines to specify a preferred language.

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.  

§ 170.207(f) Race and Ethnicity. The Office of Management and Budget Standards for
Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity, Statistical Policy Directive No. 15, as revised, October 30, 1997 (see “Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity,” available at

§ 170.207(g) Preferred language. As specified by the Library of Congress, ISO 639-2 alpha-3 codes limited to those that also have a corresponding alpha-2 code in ISO 639-1. (Incorporated by reference in § 170.299).