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Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2

Record Smoking Status

Objective:

Record smoking status for patients 13 years old or older.

Measure:

More than 80 percent of all unique patients 13 years old or older seen by the EP have smoking status recorded as structured data.

Changes from Meaningful Use Stage 1:

 Stage 1Stage 2
Objective Record smoking status for patients 13 years old or older Record smoking status for patients 13 years old or older
Measure More than 50% of all unique patients 13 years old or older seen by the EP have smoking status More than 80% of all unique patients 13 years old or older seen by the EP have smoking status recorded as structured data

Clinical Importance:

Tobacco use and tobacco-related illness represents the single greatest health risk to patients in the United States. With clear and compelling evidence that provider interest in a patient's tobacco use can be an important first step in durable cessation, the simple act of asking and recording a patient's use of tobacco can have a profound benefit.

CMS Resources:

The following resources are available to help you meet the Record Smoking Status meaningful use core measure:

CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

National Learning Consortium Resources:

The NLC resources are examples of tools that are used in the field today, and that are recommended by “boots-on-the-ground” professionals. The NLC, in partnership with HealthIT.gov, shares this collective EHR implementation knowledge and resources throughout this site. 

National Learning Consortium Resources
Resource NameDescriptionSource

Electronic Preventative Services Selector (ePSS)

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Tool designed to help primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Integrating Tobacco Cessation Into Electronic Health Records

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Quick reference guide for integrating tobacco cessation into EHR systems.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

The material in these guides and tools represents the collective EHR implementation experiences and knowledge gained directly from the field of ONC’s outreach programs (REC, Beacon, State HIE) and through the Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) Communities of Practice (CoPs) in their performance of technical support and EHR implementation assistance to primary care providers. The information contained in these resources is not intended to serve as legal advice nor should it substitute for legal counsel. The resource list is not exhaustive, and readers are encouraged to seek additional detailed technical guidance to supplement the information contained herein.

Reference in this web site to any specific resources, tools, products, process, service, manufacturer, or company does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

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